By Nick Stamatakis

The picture of this post is another artistic rendition of the sad state of affairs of GOARCH and the sordid semi-finished status of Saint Nicholas at Ground Zero…  It was not like that seven years ago, 2014, during the groundbreaking ceremony on the beautiful sunny morning of October 18. We were all elated and enthusiastic – and most of all yours truly… I wrote then, in honor of Saint Nicholas, one of the most poetic pieces I have ever written (You can read it here in English and Greek SAINT NICHOLAS AN ECUMENICAL SAINT ENGLISH AND GREEK)…

Today, seven years and $100 million later, the upcoming “lighting ceremony” seems to all of us like the casino-like rendition you see here.  Why are they rushing to the lighting ceremony? It seems that there was a term in the contract they signed with the Port Authority that “St. Nicholas had to finish by the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001, otherwise PA can take back the structure and manage it…” We should know the exact terms, but do not expect transparency from Karloutsos & Co.

We lament the degradation of the Church through corruption. The faithful were truly believing in 2014 to the ecumenical Christian  values Saint Nicholas symbolized: humility and selflessness. Instead, the “leadership” under the Patriarchate had other plans – exactly contrary to what Saint Nicholas embodied: turning the “Shrine” into a money-making machine, both during its construction time and when it would open.

Alas, their “hybris” was met with appropriate “nemesis”. Saint Nicholas said a “BIG NO” to the faithless leadership on both plans.  The construction corruption is now under federal investigation… And when it finishes it will likely be more of a financial liability than an asset. New York, under the leftist and corrupt leadership of De Blasio and Cuomo – who support the same anti-Christian BLM ideology as AB Elpidophoros and Pat. Bartholomew – is bound to shrink to a shadow of its old self.  For reasons that the faithless GOARCH leadership will never understand and will be unable to explain… And then the Curse of Saint Nicholas will have fully materialized…

September 9, 2021,


  1. Love the new lighting! This debacle is truly a disgrace of epic proportions. The mistake from the beginning was not honoring the simple Saint Nicholas church that was destroyed with a simple replica. The GOA could have clothed, fed and sheltered the downtrodden with the multimillion wasted here. Anaxios!

  2. Superb artist rendition of the St. Nicholas Casino!
    Again I must state, “ This church has been defiled by the hierarchy devils of the GOA and their corrupt compadre parasites. Stay away!

  3. Once Cuomo was outed for the predator that he is (just like Biden was) , Alex lost the last chance to have the Feds pay for the Ecumenical Prayer and Souvlaki Stand Shrine. Their only chance is to lease it to a McDonald’s franchisee with the provision that little toys that look like Bart are included in Happy Meals along with a bottle Blessed Water that will bring you unlimited riches when you sprinkle it on your wallet or purse. That’s a solution that is worthy of them and us (for tolerating them and this White Elephant).

  4. Question: Security tomorrow at WTC 9-11 will be extensive. Perimeters, bomb dogs, snipers. How is the Taliban and Al-Qaeda look alike hierarchy of ours going to deal with that? And our archbishop is a citizen of the Islamic Republic of Turkey. How does all that work?
    Beards,robes, Pashtun hats—aren’t they afraid to show up looking like the perps?

  5. Soul CHILLS. Scroll down to the picture of the charred Bible from the original yet humble St. Nicholas church, now preserved at the Greek Archdiocese in NY. It makes me wonder if anyone actually reads and or contemplates the remnants as displayed when they walk by? Sigh.

    The image of the words are hauntingly familiar and surreal in a way of foreboding of what was to be, come, and IS, concerning the all the debacles of the 20 year delay.

    “Improper property rights
    To show thy self loyal to the Lord thy God
    Light up darkness
    Significant line of run overs …”

    (There is more but easier to read yourself than to write)

    It’s as if God himself arranged the pages as to how it burned and what is left legible, by Divine design, for those who have eyes to see and to spiritually discern…

    *A triple entendre of burnt offerings? Or, Polysemy (/pəˈlɪsɪmi/ or /ˈpɒlɪsiːmi/;[1][2] from Greek: πολύ-, polý-, “many” and σῆμα, sêma, “sign”)

    God will NOT be mocked nor would He want the Holy name of St. Nicholas profaned. There is nothing new under the sun…

    And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.


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