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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.


Jan. 13th, 2014 05:20 pm (UTC)
Probably from the movie, National Treasure. :)
Jan. 13th, 2014 06:15 pm (UTC)