The Building on Second Avenue
Mark Kressner, author
The opening of “The First Atheistic Church of New York” is The Building on Second Avenue. There was a time when religion kept families together. Today, all too often, religion divides generations within a family and pits one religion against another. This action-packed adventure explores the emotional impact on the individuals caught in the conflict as two families (one Christian, one Muslim) fight for the right to “bring up” a four-year-old grandson in their respective traditions. When his father is killed, the boy and his mother seek shelter during a December blizzard in the Atheistic Church. Miles Falcon, its founder, struggles to protect the boy as the chase to abduct him moves from The Building in NYC to Coney Island to the Adirondack Mountains. Meanwhile, Miles must fend off the extremists of organized religion seeking to destroy the social experiment that is The Building on Second Avenue while still offering shelter to the hungry, the homeless, and the hopeless members of society who have nowhere else to turn. During the course of three days, the sons and daughters of the older generation must decide whose side they are on as a tidal wave of emotions and action drive them forward. Join the journey in this character-driven, original exploration of a story meant for today.