The Church of Scientology continues to grow in Harlem. Recently I noticed a storefront on Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd. in the lower 140s had become their latest home. Back in 2007, the church purchased property on 125th Street for $10.2 million.
My memories of Scientology go beyond Tom Cruise and John Travolta. When I was a teen, the scientologists would stake out spots downtown and pass out copies of Dianetics. I remember they actually talked a couple of my friends into sitting through their seminars. The said it was an ‘interesting’ experience.
In any event, it seems that they are making themselves just as cozy in Harlem as the Church of Latter Day Saints. As many of the smaller churches and Catholic churches in Harlem close their doors, will the flocks turn to these newer options?