New York has no shortage of fantastic event spaces. Recently, a new trend is on the horizon--places of worship now as in demand venues.
Brooklyn and Manhattan have seen this creative process unfold in various communities. Since individuals often times don't have a specific belief or have a hard time coming to terms with organized religion, local churches have taken notice and have opened up their doors to welcome believers and non-believers alike to artists, local merchants and theatre groups.
In Chelsea, The Holy Apostles event space has hosted several charity events and fashion shows, they even have services for various faith's so that everyone feels welcomed to find their own voice and place in the world.
The Greenpoint Church of Messiah has a small congregation, so the balcony in the chapel serves as a band practice and recording space for local musicians. Every Sunday worship upstairs is at 11:00 a.m. and downstairs the Green Grocers Market takes place and local vendors sell fresh baked bread, organic coffee, fresh produce, homemade Japanese salad dressings, fresh seafood, custom-made omelets and hot coffee by donation. On Sunday and Tuesday evenings, yoga by donation is offered and for all levels in the basement. Classes are usually small so it makes the whole experience that much more pleasant and enjoyable.
This Friday, February 28th, a clothing swap (records, house wares) and electronics swap is taking place from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00 plus one food or drink item.
For those in search of a fun dance party, No Lights No Lycra takes place every Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. To learn more, please visit: http://www.nolightsnolycra.com.
Coming up on March 5th, an opening reception for Ash Wednesday features various artists from diverse religions at 7:00 p.m. The show is titled, "Via Dolorosa: Meditation on Mortality." A sacred exhibit with work by local artists and runs until April 18th.
The Greenpoint Church of the Messiah is located at 129 Russell Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Please visit: http://www.greenpointlutherans.org to learn more.