The Big Book of New York: Places of Worship

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Learn more about the city Thursdays in December with the editors of The Encyclopedia of New York City: Second Edition. This week, editor Kenneth T. Jackson and executive editor Lisa Keller discuss the city's places of worship. 


Kenneth T. Jackson and Lisa Keller

Comments [13]

Connie from Westchester

I love the church Our Lady of Esperanza on 156th street betweeen Riverside Drive and Broadway. It is a work of art. The stations of the cross are beautiful oil paintings. The architecture is very Spanish.
It was built in the 19th century to serve the Spanish speaking catholics in NYC. Today, true to its original mission, it serves mostly people from the Dominican Republic who live nearby.The sanctuary lamp was a gift from the king of Spain at the time it was built. If one visits the Hispanic Society of America on B'way & 155th st. it is a short walk to the church.

Dec. 23 2010 01:13 PM

the quaker house is on northern boulevard, no?

Dec. 23 2010 12:31 PM

Also, while the Friends' Meeting House & School are @ Stuyvesant SQ above 14th ST on 2nd Avenue, back in the 70s the Friends Meeting House on Gramercy SQ South became a synagogue.

Dec. 23 2010 11:01 AM
Robert from NYC

Not only Mt Carmel on 187th Street but not closed Our Lady of Pity Church on 150th St off Morris Avenue in the Bronx built in 1904 or 1906 and an Italian National Parish is a beautiful church inside with a vaulted ceiling all hand painted scenes from the new testament. It was very active from thru the 1970s then as the congregation moved the parish became hispanic and diminished to almost just a handful of participants it was closed about 5 or 6 years ago due to lack of funds. It stands there empty and is open once a year for the feast of San Silverio on June 22th. It is the National Shrine to that saint.

Dec. 23 2010 10:57 AM
Nancy from Brooklyn

Hi folks,

The Friends Meeting House in Flushing is on Northern Blvd; it's the John Bowne House that's on Bowne Street, nearby.

Dec. 23 2010 10:56 AM

The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration (aka "The Little Church Around the Corner") actors church on 28th ST.

Also the historical ties between Trinity Church @ B'way & Wall St & Trinity School on W. 91st St have been the subject of an exhibition @ The New-York Historical Society about 10-15 years ago. [The legal ties were severed long ago.

Dec. 23 2010 10:55 AM
Ash in Chelsea

I just tuned in to your show. And the first thing I heard was "black church". While I personally gave up churches eons ago, I note with a raised eyebrow that segregation is alive and well in churches. Probably in graveyards, as well.

Dec. 23 2010 10:53 AM
Kathleen from Hoboken

There are a couple of beautiful old churfhes in lower Manhattan. I believe Trinity Church at Wall and Broadway is the oldest church in continuos use

Dec. 23 2010 10:53 AM
Robert from NYC

Church of Heavenly Rest was built by Rockefellers so can't be that old

Dec. 23 2010 10:52 AM
Nancy from Brooklyn from Brooklyn

I wanted to mention the Friends Meeting House in Flushing, which I believe is the oldest house of worship in continuous use in New York City. My grandparents were members for many years and my parents were married there in 1953.

Dec. 23 2010 10:48 AM
Robert from NYC

Church of Heavenly Rest was built by Rockefellers so can't be that old

Dec. 23 2010 10:48 AM
antonio from park slope

There are many places of worship in my neighborhood (park slope) but my favorite is the synagogue on garfield place by the park..

Dec. 23 2010 10:47 AM
Robert from NYC

NYC has some of the most impressive houses of worship in the world not just the country starting with the major cathedrals and synagogues in Manhattan all renown around the globe.

Dec. 23 2010 10:45 AM

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