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Charity Neighborhood Baptist Cathedral, Crown Heights

Happy Tonight on God’s Row, Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn!

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Here a feature of the Crown Heights segment of God's Row Bedford Avenue. We hope you enjoy it!

We are doing in-depth series on every religious site for the whole length of streets in different parts of the City. To challenge ourselves, we started with the longest street in Brooklyn, measuring 10.2 miles long encompassing 132 blocks. It runs all the way from Greenpoint through Williamsburg, Crown Heights, Flatbush, Sheepshead Bay, and Midwood to Brighton Beach. We are running this video also as part of our series on Crown Heights. Next week, we will start with our God's Row Ralph Avenue!

The main faiths on the street are Catholic, Protestant, Jewish (Hassidic and Sepharidic), and Muslim. There are also some Buddhist, spiritual yoga, New Age and Voodou sites. We have stopped at every religious site on Bedford, and we have also produced a religious social survey conducted through several hundred phone interviews.

We were very fortunate to have the help of a team of Columbia University J-School students from Professor Ari Goldman's class on religion reporting. Hoda Emam and Teresa Mahoney put together this charming feature on Charity Neighborhood Baptist Cathedral at 1515 Bedford Avenue. [Since the video was produced, the church has sold its building to a condo builder.]

Hoda Emam is contributor to A Journey through NYC religions. She works as anchor/producer, documentary filmmaker. Her recent experience includes working with the Guardian, ABC News 20/20, the United Nations. She also studied digital media at the Columbia University J-School.

Teresa Mahoney is a contributor to A Journey through NYC religions. Previously for A Journeyshe wrote on what churches were doing for this year's Super Bowel. She is a video producer at Mint based in New Delhi and is training the newsroom across bureaus in video storytelling. She previously taught multimedia journalism including video, audio, and web development as a digital media fellow at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, where she graduated in 2012. She has interned for Portland Monthly magazine and KPTV Fox 12 in Oregon. She received her undergraduate degree in business from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and has worked in marketing for the biotechnology industry.

Twitter @TeresaMahoney

We think that Emam and Mahoney put into good practice A Journey method of "sympathetic objectivity." Hope you are happy tonight!

A Journey now has six reporting modes:

Classic Journey street by street;
In-depth at one site;
God's Row;
City Maps--broad religious trends in the city;
Journey Friends' creations; and
Street Corner Facts--interesting tidbits and oddities of faith in the city.

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