Scientology opened a new 'Ideal Org' in Harlem, and we weren't made to feel very welcome - 2016-08-01
If you think about it, it's kind of amazing. Eight years ago — eight years — the Church of Scientology finished purchasing two buildings on 125th Street in East Harlem as part of its "Ideal Org" program. (They had actually started buying the lots in 2003, 13 years ago, for a total of about $8.5 million). One of buildings would be the org — Scientology's version of a church — and the other would be a community center.
But besides the millions spent to buy the buildings, there was millions more to spend on renovating them. And then tens or hundreds of thousands more spent just on the grand opening event itself, with an elaborate but temporary event space set up on a parking lot across the street. And who knows how much spent on scores of security guards, police presence, and other costs.
But even with all of that work and all of that money spent, Scientology wanted no media or any outsiders at its event.