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There has been a lot of buzz about the Pope’s possible visit to the United States in 2015 with a potential stop in New  York City. While New York City is more well-known for St. Patrick’s and St. John the Divine cathedrals, there is a unique subset of religious sites that are quite off the beaten path. When exploring New York City’s churches, they begin to reveal secrets that are more reminiscent of their European counterparts. Presented below are five sites intimately connected with saints, whether through life or death.

1. The Church of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and The Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, 6-7 State Street

IMG_3785 saint ann seton shrineThe Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton



On the northwest corner of Bowery and Spring stands one of our favorite holdout buildings. Seemingly resistant to the tide of development creeping up from the Lower East Side and Nolita, 190 Bowery was a popular spot for graffiti artists. The seemingly abandoned old bank on the northwest corner of Bowery and Spring has been going through some ownership changes, so we thought we’d take a look at the history behind it.


Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn 

New York City is abuzz with the latest news that nearly 100 proposed landmarks are to be “decalendered” by the NYC Landmarks Commission. Calendaring is considered the first step towards in landmarking process, something the The New York Times describes as an acknowledgment that a property is worthy of consideration for protection, at which point hearings and votes follow.” The properties selected for decalendaring have been on the list more than 5 years without a vote, and 80 have sat for more than 20 years. The properties, which include two proposed historic districts, fall in all five boroughs. In this article, we will highlight some of the most unique in each borough that will likely fall under this de-calendering.


Newly renovated and recently reopened to the public, Pier A Photo - Wikipedia

Newly renovated and recently reopened to the public, Pier A. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Built from 1884 to 1886, Pier A at the southern tip of West Street in Battery Park served as New York City Department of Docks and the home to the Harbor Police. The Pier was also used by the New York City Fire Department as a fireboat station from 1960 to 1992. But since 1992, the facility was vacated and ultimately fell into disrepair. The newly renovated $40 million project has a spectacular view of the New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The public can stroll out to the end of the pier from either side of the building. Here’s a look inside and outside the new Pier A.


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A walk over the Brooklyn Bridge is one of New York City’s most popular past times for tourists and residents alike. It’s hard not to be amazed by the granite and limestone structure, now 131 years old. But beyond its stately exterior lie many secrets. So the next time you find yourself at the bridge, remember back to these secrets of the Brooklyn Bridge.