Eating Pizza in a Church

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The Episcopal Church at 6th ave

My colleague Gerry told me about a very famous pizza restaurant in Brooklyn: Grimaldi's. According to Gerry it is one of the best in town. And yes, the culinary authorities like Zagat and the Food Network agree with him. According to Wikipedia the restaurant was rated #1 of New York City for several years. It was also rated as one of the best 5 pizza restaurants in the US! The secret: Grimaldi's only bakes the pizzas in a brick-oven. And they do not sell slices!

The original location of Grimaldi's is at Fulton Ferry in Brooklyn, this was because of the fact that at the time of establishing Manhattan did not allow restaurants to construct coal-fired brick ovens.

Grimaldi's in the Limelight
 Those rules apparently changed because as per last month Grimaldi's has also opened a Manhattan branche. And, not in a regular building, but in a Church also know as "The Limelight".

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion was constructed in 1844-1845 at the corner of 6th avenue and 20th Street, at that time a fashionable residential area. In the harsh 1970 years of the economic depression the area around the church was virtually abandoned and debts forced the parish to sell the building to a drug rehabilitation organization. In 1982 the building was sold once more and served for entertainment when the fancy "Limelight Club" opened inside the formerly holy walls.

The business practices of the Limelight were not exactly holy and still rather drug-ish. The club was closed because of drug dealing and drug abuse.

The church in its club years (photo:
It once more revived with a different name but was closed down for good in 2007. The movie Party Monster was based on an alleged murder of one of the club's regular drug dealers.

In May last year it reopened once more, but this time as a decent small shopping mall "Limelight Market Place", and,... with a pizza restaurant: Grimaldi's! And Gerry organized for me and a small group of APG colleagues (Wanda, Peter, Lisa and her husband Michelangelo) to have dinner here. The pizzas were indeed pretty good. Although one should not say that in that exact wording to the manager, as I did. The guy was deeply offended and told my colleagues to never bring me back there.

So, let's make this right: The pizzas were very good and extremely delicious! And besides that, the dinner was very nice. Thanks Gerry!


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The Episcopal Church at 6th ave
The Episcopal Church at 6th ave
Grimaldis in the Limelight
Grimaldi's in the Limelight
The church in its club years (phot…
The church in its club years (pho…
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