Christmas in New York

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Short segments illustrating holiday services in several New York City churches of different denominations. Includes carols and speeches.

Narrator: Sidney Barry

First stop, downtown Manhattan, to what was once Dutch, the Bowery, where Peter Stuyvesant, in 1600, built his chapel. On the same site, a church was built in 1795. Here, Clement Clarke Moore ("The Night Before Christmas") served as vestryman. Christmas music from St Marks of the Bowery.

Uptown to Greenwich Village, past Washington Square, to 12th street to the First Presbyterian Church, where Dr. Moldenhauer is conducting services. Music.

Ben Wilbur tells the story of the Old Quaker Meeting House in Flushing, Long Island, a Friend sends greetings to the world.

Back downtown, to Trinity Church, where Arthur Lazelle describes the scene.

To St. Patricks Cathedral, where Joseph Bolton tells the history of the building and gives a portion of the services.

In uptown Harlem, to the First Abyssinian Baptist Church, where the Reverend conducts the holiday service. After a brief history, the congregation sings "The First Noel" and "Joy to the World."

Reverend Thomas A. Sparks, speaking from the St. John the Divine in uptown New York, introduces Bishop William Manning. Music.


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 69133
Municipal archives id: LT376