Over the last 10 years nearly two dozen Harlem churches have closed or been sold to developers, research shows. Harlem’s dwindling churches View Full Caption

HARLEM — Churches are losing members but gaining profits from gentrification. 

Nearly two dozen churches have either closed or been sold to developers for more than $50 million over the last decade, according to a review by DNAinfo New York and Harlem historian Michael Henry Adams.

The churches often sell because of a combination of factors including dwindling memberships, high maintenance costs and the lure of millions of dollars from developers ready to buy in Harlem.

More than half of the $53.1 million came from a single church — LaGree Baptist Church which sold for $28.5


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