The Church of Scientology wants to celebrate the grand opening of its house of worship and community center with a massive block party on Sept. 19 at 125th Street between Second and Third avenues — but it hasn’t received approval from locals concerned about traffic.
It has become a custom for Scientology to host large parties when unveiling new churches around the world. More than 2,500 are expected to attend Harlem’s opening, said Pastor Verlene Cheeseboro.
“It is going to be a wonderful celebration,” said Cheeseboro, who has attended seven church openings around the country. “People from all over the world are going to come to 125th Street.”
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