2. Corpus Christi Monastery, the Bronx

Located in otherwise industrial Hunts Point, Bronx (an area which also used to be the estates of Gilded Age barons),Corpus Christi Monastery is the oldest Dominican monastery in the United States, 125 years old as of 2015. The monastery was founded by Mother Mary of Jesus, who also founded the Monastery of St. Dominic in Newark, New Jersey in 1880. The nuns here at Corpus Christi have a special purpose: they pray for the seminarians and priests of the Archdiocese of New York.