2. Crypt Below the Church of the Intercession
Tucked away beneath an elegant and striking block in Hamilton Heights, there’s a rarely seen hallowed space carved from rough stone with perfect acoustics and history thickly hung from every rafter. Simply known as the Crypt, it is a hidden gem of New York City owned by the Church of the Intercession.
This cemetery and the surrounding blocks served as the home base for John James Audubon, the naturalist and artist known for his work in ornithology (the study of birds). In the 1920s, cemetery space in the city was scarce and in high demand. To accommodate for this, the crypt’s walls were prepared to hold cremated remains and with that it became the first church in the U.S. to have its own columbarium (a building with niches for storing funeral urns). Today, you can actually take in jazz concerts amidst those buried!