NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – For 190 years, the sound of the bell atop the Church of St. Luke in the Fields could be heard ringing through Greenwich Village.

WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman On The Story

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But five months ago, the bell atop Manhattan’s third oldest church, located at 487 Hudson Street, went silent.

“With the bad weather, we came in one morning and found pieces actually that were coming loose on the tower itself,” facilities manager Tony Serrano told WCBS 880 reporter Alex Silverman.

He said that for safety, the only choice was silence.

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Bell Tower at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in Manhattan (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

Bell Tower at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in Manhattan (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

“And it is quite noticeable on the block,” he said.

They’re trying to raise more than $400,000 to it.

“We do want to start working before Christmas,” he said. “The community misses it as much as we do.”

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To donate to the restoration effort, visit the church’s website.