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MTA must show respect for Flushing church

An open letter to acting Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Fernando Ferrer:

I am writing to you today because I am concerned about the situation around St. George’s Episcopal Church, at 135-32 38th Ave. in Flushing.

As you may know, this is a historical, landmark-quality church dating back more than 200 years. It is one of the most notable structures on Main Street. It is a core building in the religious history of Flushing and Queens.

The problem is that buses are always parked around the perimeter of the church, making it difficult for parishioners and visitors to enter and exit the church safely. The problem becomes egregious during a funeral.

To me, having this church blocked by buses in this manner is an insult to this holy place. It shows a lack of respect for the church’s sanctity. I doubt this would happen around St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan or, for that matter, any other house of worship.

Please look into this problem and let me know what can be done to ameliorate the situation. Thank you for your anticipated response.

Mandingo Osceola Tshaka

President

Bayside Clear Spring Council

Bayside

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