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It wasn't one of my goals this year, but I've posted every day in 2014 so far and I hate to break my streak now. So tonight I could either talk about how I stayed in bed yet another day but am feeling marginally better, or I could share some pictures from New York City.

Well, that was an easy choice.

I am being so slow about getting these edited and posted and didn't really intend to widely share them until I could point you to an album of ALL of them, but that may take until my next trip, so. So here are a few - very few - of the churches I like in NYC. :)

While my first love is always the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, built 1892, still unfinished:

(many many more pictures in a later post when I can tell you about our spectacular vertical tour of the place)

...There are really amazing churches all over the city, many of them tucked up in residential neighborhoods and not in anyone's guidebooks. Here is the Church of St. Peter & St. Andrew, built around 1897:

A lot of these smaller, but still stunning churches had a feeling of decaying, musty grandeur about them - I can only imagine that a lot of churches can't well afford the upkeep of such huge buildings. I don't even know how they afford the utilities. How do you heat a building like this?!

I think the octagonal tower is a nice touch.

Trinity, down in the financial district, is much smaller, but lovely:

The first Trinity church on this site was built in 1698, but was destroyed in the great fire of 1776. The second Trinity lasted until 1839, when it was weakened by heavy snows. The current Trinity was finished in 1846 - when it was the tallest building on Manhattan.

I liked this tidbit from Wikipedia: "On July 9, 1976 Queen Elizabeth II visited Trinity Church. Vestrymen presented her with a symbolic "back rent" of 279 peppercorns."

I'll have more to say about Trinity later, I'm sure. I went to a pretty notable concert there, plus there's the fabulous cemetery.

Here is Our Lady of Pompeii, which I stumbled upon completely by accident while searching for a cheese shop:

It's down in the West Village on Bleeker Street, and has six masses every Sunday - three in English and one each in Brazilian, Italian, and Filipino! The building is very oddly Italian for the area - all different colors of marbles. I think it's the only church I visited that had a marble floor.

Not a church, but a random castle in Central Park:

I sat on the balcony and listened to an orchestra tuning up in the amphitheater nearby and ate an ice cream cone and life was just about perfect.


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Jan. 11th, 2014 09:19 pm (UTC)
Oh I think that's the castle from Stepmom where Julia Roberts does a photography shoot. :D

Jan. 11th, 2014 09:56 pm (UTC)
I think almost every place in Manhattan has been in one movie or another, only I just don't realize because I've seen so few of them! I would like to see if I can find some of the places from You've Got Mail next time, though. :)
Jan. 13th, 2014 06:32 pm (UTC)
Jan. 11th, 2014 09:23 pm (UTC)
Hey, I've been to that castle-y thing!

Thanks for sharing the purties. I love old churches. Even non-impressive ones. I just like being in them.
Jan. 11th, 2014 09:56 pm (UTC)
They're so quiet and ... old. Oh, I meant to share pictures of this lovely Romanesque one - guess I'll do that next time.
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Jan. 11th, 2014 10:02 pm (UTC)
It's not something I would want to do professionally ever, I'm pretty sure, but now that I have a half-way decent camera I feel like I should learn to use it to the best of my ability, you know? Plus it's just something I find enjoyable and creative. And I capture memories with photographs (it is terrible how quickly I forget details about travels without pictures), so that's another reason.

I do have an older version of ps (ps7, I think) and then I use an up-to-date version at work. I really only know the basics with it, though - nothing fancy. It's not the easiest thing in the world, although when I really need to know how to do something, internet tutorials always seem to be able to walk me through it.

Tbh, though, I edit most pictures in picmonkey these days. :)

ARCHITECTURE. I love everything I have learned so far and I want to know MOAR! I especially love how the architecture just feels different in different neighborhoods in nyc (since, except for that one-day visit to chicago, that's where most of my great architecture experiences have been.)
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Jan. 20th, 2014 09:05 pm (UTC)
I really want to explore Chicago's architecture more! I think you have more Art Deco up there? I remember some fabulous Art Deco bronze doors, anyway.

The Village is cool. I like the windy little streets and all the fun shops (I FOUND MURRAY'S CHEESE SHOP, OH MY GOODNESS.)
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Jan. 20th, 2014 09:26 pm (UTC)
Those are the ones!! I took a picture of them. :D
Jan. 12th, 2014 04:23 am (UTC)
That last one is the Belvedere Castle. It's the one that features in the first Smurfs movie ;-)
Jan. 12th, 2014 09:35 am (UTC)
You should invest in a copy of Lightroom (just over $100). You might even be able to get a cheap educational version. There are tons of free presets around the internet that you just place over the photo to enhance it, although playing around with the settings yourself can be a lot of fun too.
Jan. 12th, 2014 07:48 pm (UTC)
I want to move to New York and go to church at Our Lady of Pompeii every Sunday, please.
Jan. 13th, 2014 10:14 am (UTC)
Belvedere Castle! I love it :).

I also love hearing about NYC from your perspective, since you're so willing to go off the beaten path!
Jan. 20th, 2014 09:06 pm (UTC)
I just don't like being around more tourists than I have to, that's all, even if I am one myself. ;)
Jan. 13th, 2014 12:23 pm (UTC)
I'm particularly in love with that first picture.
Jan. 13th, 2014 02:16 pm (UTC)
Love these! :)

I know I've heard of Trinity Church, but I can't remember why.
Jan. 13th, 2014 05:20 pm (UTC)
Probably from the movie, National Treasure. :)
Jan. 13th, 2014 06:15 pm (UTC)
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