The interior of this Romanesque and Byzantine church at the corner of Park Avenue and East 60th Street in Manhattan is covered with more than 7 million colorful tesserae that create the most dazzling mosaics I’ve seen in any church in New York City.
Church of the Intercession
The Church of the Intercession is an Episcopal parish in Manhattan. Its current building, a Neogothic landmark towering above the corner of Broadway and West 155th Street in Hamilton Heights, was designed by prolific architect Bertram Goodhue and constructed between 1912 and 1915.
Week 13: St. Peter’s Church
An unassuming church at an unassuming corner — at the heart of one of the most important financial districts in the world. St. Peter’s is a sanctuary of calm and stability in a busy and loud part of this city. But its austere exterior and its quiet, dignified interior belie the key role it has played in the history of this city and the lives of those, Catholic or otherwise, who call it home.
Week 12: St. Matthias Church
The bell tower of St. Matthias, inspired by the religious architecture of the Italian Renaissance, reigns over the heart of the beautiful Ridgewood South Historic District in Queens.
Week 11: Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church
In week 11, a long walk through Queens led me to a place of beauty, warmth, and respite in a busy corner of Forest Hills.
Week 10: St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral
A modern cathedral is the seat of Armenian faith in America — and hearkens back to the ancient seat of their church in Armenia itself.
Week 8: St. Peter’s Church
A church’s “persistent commitment” to a changing, and perhaps dying, city manifested itself in the bold reimagining of the shape and form of a sacred space at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 54th Street.
Week 7: Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church
At a corner in one of the busiest shopping and office districts in the world stands a church whose clock tower has kept time for passersby for nearly 150 years.
Week 6: The Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord
Saturday, 10 February 2018, was a mild but wet and gray midwinter New York day, but the color and warmth of a Russian Orthodox cathedral in Brooklyn — the first I’d ever visited — lingered with me long after I left its doors.
Week 5: The Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph
Week 5 of 52 Houses of Worship in 52 Weeks: One of the seats of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Brooklyn, beautifully restored 2012–14 with impressive new artwork.