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PO Box 97

Brooklyn, NY 11214-0097

(718) 236-0678


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18th Avenue between 83rd and 84th Streets
Brooklyn, NY 11214

Exploring an 18th Century well near Fulton Street in lower Manhattan.
Archaeology in present-day Manhattan will be the subject of an illustrated talk by urban archaeologists Alyssa Loorya and Christopher Ricciardi on Tuesday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish House of the New Utrecht Reformed Church, 18th Avenue and 84th Street in Bensonhurst. Their presentation, entitled “Gotham Underfoot: Recent Archaeological Excavations in Lower Manhattan” is sponsored by the Friends of Historic New Utrecht and is free to the public.

The New York principle of “build it up, tear it down and build it up again” paradoxically provides opportunities to explore its past. Recent excavations near City Hall and within the South Street Seaport Historic District have provided new information about the city’s early history and development, including major historical events like the Revolutionary War.

Ms. Loorya and Dr. Ricciardi are principals of the Brooklyn-based firm of Chrysalis Archaeological Consultants and have each been involved in numerous archaeological projects throughout the city.

The 1892 Parish House is part of the landmarked campus of the New Utrecht Reformed Church, home to a congregation organized by Dutch settlers in 1677, which also includes the 1828 church, now undergoing interior repairs and restoration, and the 1783 New Utrecht Liberty Pole. The Parish House is at 18th Avenue and 84th Street in Bensonhurst, with bus (B8, B1) and subway (D train) lines nearby.

Restoration news
Sancturary restoration
As part of the ongoing restoration of the New Utrecht Church, the vaulted ceiling of the sanctuary was removed and completely replaced. Work on the damaged ceiling began in May 2013. Elaborate scaffolding was erected to allow the workmen access to the flat and barrel-vaulted areas of the ceiling. The new ceiling was completed in August 2015 and the scaffolding was removed. The installation and removal of the scaffolding caused extensive damage to the walls which must be repaired and painted. Additional funds are needed to complete repairs to the organ alcove and sanctuary walls. Donations to help with this work can be sent to:

New Utrecht Reformed Church Restoration Fund
P.O. Box 97
Brooklyn, NY 11214-0097

Donations to New Utrecht Reformed Church
Donations in the memory of Bruce Hodgman may be mailed to:
New Utrecht Reformed Church
P.O. Box 97
Brooklyn, NY 11214-0097

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