At Brooklyn’s Old First Reformed Church, one of New York City’s oldest churches, the sky is falling.
Last year, on the eve of a Jewish high-holiday service””the church has in the past provided a temporary home to nearby Congregation Beth Elohim””a chunk of plaster broke off from the church’s ornate ceiling and tumbled to the pews.
A parishioner called the Rev. Daniel Meeter, who was having dinner in the neighborhood, and he rushed to the scene. Services were canceled, and after more plaster shook loose the following day from the area around the church’s massive, 60-foot-high chandelier, the church closed.