2. Washington Square United Methodist Church: The Novare in Greenwich Village, which made headlines when renter Jude Law threw fruit at NYU students, was fittingly once one of the most liberal churches of its time. Washington Square Church, often called “Peace Church,” actively opposed the Vietnam War and was notably gay-friendly. It was not only the site of the Harvey Milk School of gay and lesbian youth, its pastor Rev. Paul M. Abels was the first openly gay minister in any of the major Christian denominations. In 2004, the Romanesque Revival building was sold, thus paving the path for its conversion into apartments.

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