The Fifth/Eighth Avenue/Quarry Street Methodist Church was organized on June 6, 1848. It held the name Quarry Street Church until 1867. The cornerstone of the first church building was laid on August 15, 1848 with the dedication taking place in July, 1849. The Newark Daily Advertiser published a notice to change the name of the Quarry Street ME Church to the Eighth Avenue ME church on January 12, 1867. The church was enlarged in 1858 and again in 1873. The church changed from Eight Avenue Methodist to Christ Italian Methodist <1935>.
From William Falcetano
The story behind this church is that it was burned down by arson. They tried twice to do it and only succeeded on the second attempt. The reason? It was too close to the Vittorio Castle - which could not get a liquor license because of the proximity to the church. So the church had to go.
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