Memorial Baptist Church

Memorial Baptist Church, New York City

Memorial Baptist Church
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Neighborhood: Harlem
As a hub of African American culture, Harlem has played a vital role in the history of New York City. Today, the neighborhood is as vibrant as ever as new businesses and developments go up next to local institutions. The heart of the neighborhood is bustling 125th Street, where street vendors and historic landmarks like the Apollo Theater mingle with big-name stores. Turn down almost any corner, and you’ll discover some of the most beautiful blocks in the city, filled with handsome brownstones, soul food restaurants, corner shops, and scenic parks. For a taste of a real New York neighborhood, it’s hard to top a visit to Harlem.
How to get there
  • 116th St • 3 min walk
  • 116th St • 5 min walk
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Val_anna_Vil
New York City, NY2 contributions
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Hey,

I am a native New Yorker that just had friends from Europe visit and I accompanied them on at trip to Memorial Baptist Church on 141 W 115th St, New York, NY. We were told to give a donation and like many tourists we were berated loudly by a church worker in front of everyone for giving less then $10. A group of Asian tourists were screamed at and told to go to the end of the line while church staff laughed at them. I quickly questioned the type of church that demands a charge and we were told that the "donation" is for the performance and beautiful church views that would be worth it. We were then given the worst seats in the church and pushed around like cattle by church employees. I say employees because this church like many others in Harlem is making a fortune scamming tourists and treats everyone terribly including regular church attendees.

The service was terrible and I don't think many tourists really noticed it because they saw the staff sway around and sing off key in white robes and I imagined that it fulfilled something they hoped for which made them accept the poor treatment. We decided to leave because it was not worth it. I quickly found the terrible man at the front who promised a great show like this church is some new type of Apollo. I asked for a refund and he said" we cant do that, I have never heard someone ask for a refund of a donation". I replied, " I have never heard of a church demand an entrance fee, call it a donation and then provide such a horrible worship service. He said that money was going to fix the church. Everyone in the community knows this is a lie. Some of the money is divided by staff while a small portion goes to the church and the smallest percentage goes to the regular patrons of the church.

I understand the desire to experience gospel in Harlem but explore churches in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx where they are not scamming people. I heard Brooklyn tabernacle provides good worship gospel service.

Do not support these churches that are taking your money, providing bad service and not giving back to the community all in the name of God.

Especially, Memorial Baptist Church on 141 W 115th St, New York, NY . The worse church experience in my life. I never saw foreigners so eager to enter a place and then treated so poorly.

Think about it. The oldest churches and temples in the world in many of your home countries do not charge. They open their doors to everyone with fairness and kindness. Why pay for a bad experience?
Written October 6, 2013
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jaw031461
New York City, NY1 contribution
Friends
great time and the singing was awesome the choir director was # 1 they even let us stay later and song extra songs for us and then the highlight as we was leaving they sang the # 1 song : oh happy day omg
Written January 8, 2018
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Docmatt
Birmingham, UK1,607 contributions
Couples
Visiting the church and seeing the pictures of the 911 victims was a very moving experience and was nice to be a part of it and make a small donation. Visiting the site of 911 puts into perspective the size of the two towers and the even bigger size of the loss of so many people. It is physically impossible to try and comprehend what went on from the moment the first plane hit to when the towers collapsed. I hope my daughter will never see what I saw on the news that day.
Written July 26, 2014
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