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Bethel Methodist Church, Tottenville

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The original Bethel Church in Tottenville burned down in 1886 and was re-built and dedicated the next year. There is a history of the church in Tottenville In Retrospect by Benjamin Franklin Joline, which is at the Tottenville Branch. When the church moved to its present location, pictured above, some members felt it was too far away from the heart of Tottenville, and they broke away to start another Methodist church closer to the heart of town.

The church pictured above is near Amboy Road and Page Avenue, one of the entrances to the town of Tottenville, about 3/4 of a mile away from the Tottenville branch.

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From Triumph Group Studios

From Triumph Group Studios Ltd Re: Bethel Church & Cemetery, Tottenville, Staten Island December 27, 2009 Triumph Group Studios Ltd has made an exhaustive attempt to make this Historic Church and Cemetery, a NYC Landmark. After a two yeat attempt, while Landmarks lost the Landmark Request filings three times during the two year request, TGS refiled them again. After contacting Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to ask for assistance, no assistance. After contacting their so called Commissioner Tierney at Landmarks, all deaf ears. TGS received a letter from Mary Beth Betts from Landmarks stating, "thanking TGS for making this request, but as Landmarks stated " we feel this property should not be made into a Landmark Status, and this property shall not be reconsidered in the futher" Mary Beth Betts. TGS shall not accept this response. TGS has in development a True Accounts New York City story called, "Mayday New York" (c) which is a film about the 1960 Staten Island Plane Crash. Due to mayor Bloombers non assistance and The NYC Landmarks Commission with Commissioner Tierney, Mary beth Betts, Emily Rich, a segemtn of the film shall be devoted to this Historic Church and Cemetery which has many famous Staten Islanders buriend there, shall make this property into a Landmark for as long as it may take. DJ Donnelly, the person spear heading this Landmark, was born and raised in Staten Island. Barbara Fellen, Head of Development Triumph Group Studios Ltd http://www.triumphgroupstudios.com

Bethel church

Sould have kept church in "red brick" the way it was when I went there to Sunday School back in the early 50's!

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