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Saturday, June 10, 2006

St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery


Completed in 1799, St. Mark's is the 2nd oldest church in NYC (after St. Paul's Chapel). What makes it unique is its history in community affairs and countercultural movements. Poetry, theater and dance have been an integral part of the church and very successful - The Poetry Project is renowned and its readers have included Allen Ginsberg, Kenneth Koch, Yoko Ono, and many others. I have seen Reverend Billy there, who I hope to cover in a later post. Beautiful trees grace the courtyard, however, if you visit, you will find the church and its small park somewhat worn and weary looking - like many places in NYC which are very popular with the community, the heavy traffic takes its toll. But it is worth visiting, especially if you live locally and are able to participate in many of its programs.

4 comments:

dny said...

Interesting!

Kala said...

wow - thats an old church - in the coming days, i plan to post a pic of a church I pass by every morn on my way to the uni called St. patricks church but that is only from 1929 - urs is such more older with more historical significance! It sounds like a multipurpose church great for bringing people together.

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