3. Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Ave, Morningside Heights)

03-former asylums-convert-nyc-untapped cities-wesley yiinDid you notice the peacock?

One of the institutions that purchased property from the Bloomingdale Asylum was the Leake and Watts Orphan Asylum on West 112th Street. The original building of this asylum, which could house 300 children, was completed in 1843. In 1891, the orphanage moved to Westchester County, leaving the site open for construction of the Cathedral, which took over one hundred years to finish. Today, the original orphanage building stands behind the monumental Cathedral, serving as a “textile lab,” according to a nearby security guard.

02-former asylums-convert-nyc-untapped cities-wesley yiinThe orphanage building, located behind the church.

The facade of the Cathedral.