Laying of the cornerstone attended by 10,000 people, let by Bishop Loughlin. Construction was "begun on the second day of June under the superintendence of Mr. P. C. Keeley [sic], architect, who numbers this as his three hundred and eighty fifth church edifice he has been engaged in building on this continent. Its dimensions are 68 feet in width by 156 feet in depth, and judging by the massive appearance of the walls, constructed by the builder, Mr. Jas. Radwell [sic, probably Rodwell, a prominent local builder], will be as substantial an edifice as any in the States.
<p><a href="http://brooklynology.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/post/2011/08/05/Peter-Co… has a lengthy post on Peter Cooper</a> and his glue factory that was once one of the major foulers of Newtown Creek. Cooper's glue factory stood not too far from Peter Cooper Houses, the NYCHA development in East Williamsburg.