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  1. 12. SAINT NICHOLAS OF MYRA ORTHODOX CHURCH,                                                                                                Built by our St. Mark’s Parish in 1883 by NYC’s renown architect James Renwick, Jr. (St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Grace Church, St. Barts, and DC’s Smithsonian among others)  Commissioned as an memorial chapel to the Stuvvesant and Pierrepont family to outreach to the poor and “church the unchurched of the area” (Catholics considered “unchurched” at the time as well.)   In 1925 it became today’s congregation founded mainly by two villages from the Carpatho mountain region.    In it’s first 50 years there were 603 baptisms and 426 marriages recorded

Sunday AM service

       FYI:   (website being reconstructed)   Tel. 212 254-6685        288 East 10th Street @ Ave. A


  1. 13. Town and Village Synagogue

“A Traditional, Egalitarian, Conservative Synagogue”

Tifereth Israel is an egalitarian, traditional Conservative Jewish congregation known for ruah-fillled participatory services conducted in lay–clergy partnership. T and V was founded in 1948 by families settling in the newly constructed Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, the source of its name. It now draws members from all of New York City.

It is a warm, open, and welcoming community with 120 – 150 people at weekly SHABBAT SERVICES, It annually demonstrates this welcome by offering parallel FREE Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur HIGH HOLIDAY services open to the public that are attended by over 350 non-members (limited by space only). It offers the ONLY DAILY EGALITARIAN prayer service (morning minyan) below 34th St in Manhattan. It holds YOUNG ADULT FRIDAY NIGHT services and dinners which attract 125-150 people in their 20’s and 30’s.  It offers SHABBAT CHILDREN’s PROGRAMS from Tot Shabbat to a Junior Congregation for post - Bar / Bat Mitzvah teens.  It offers an award wining HEBREW SCHOOL. It provides ASL-INTERPRETATION at monthly Shabbat services and at special program events. It has a strong ADULT LEARNING program. It has been recognized as an innovative incubator of new programming for adults and children.

FYI:  www.tandv.org        Tel. 212 677-8090        334 East 14th Street  (between 1st and 2nd Ave)

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1.  Middle Collegiate Church

Middle Collegiate Church is a celebrating, culturally diverse, inclusive and growing community of faith where all persons are welcomed just as they are as they come through the door.  Rooted in Christian tradition as the oldest continuous Protestant Church in America, Middle Church is called by God to do a new thing on the earth.  As a teaching congregation that celebrates the arts, our ministries include rich and meaningful worship, care and education that nurture the mind, body, and spirit, social action which embraces the global community, and participation in interfaith dialogue for the purpose of justice and reconciliation.  Built in 1891, and hosting this wonderful Dec. 8th event.  See website for the various weekly activities.   Worship  11:15 AM Sundays.

FYI:  www.middlechurch.org Tel. 212-477-0666  Office: 50 E. 7th Street, Sanctuary: 112 2nd Ave (btw 6th & 7th Sts.)

click here to see Rev. AdrieneThorne’s bio .pdf

2.  6th Street Community Synagogue

Originally the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, built in 1847, lead glass windows from 1890, the oldest building left that was built by and serving the thriving German community here, “Kliener Deutschland”.  23 thousand baptisms and 11 thousand marriages were performed before it’s transformation.   The structure, altar, altar rail, pews and balcony remain largely unchanged from these days.  It came to new life as the 6th Street Community Synagogue (Orthodox) in 1940 with many of it’s members belonging to the vibrant and historic center of the Yiddish theater along 2nd Avenue....   Their newly installed rabbi, renown jazz musician Rabbi Greg Wall is beginning Music Mondays, a Chamber and World Music series, with informal music sessions open to amateur or beginning musicians beforehand.  They’ve a concert Dec. 20th

Shabbat:   9 AM Saturday,   Sundown services for Friday evenings, Morning services 6:30 AM

FYI:   www.eastvillageshul.com    Tel. 212-473-3665    325 East Sixth Street (btw 1st and 2nd Ave)

3.  Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church

Once the largest church in all of New York, and considered the most beautiful by some, built by the Bavarian Germans in 1851.  It’s history shows numerous organizations, services, schools, and arts organizations for the neighborhood.   In 1914 a parishoner invented a system to ring it’s bells by an electric switch, the first in the world to do so.  Eighty five Redemptrist priests and brothers serving NYC are interred in the crypt below the church.   For decades they had the organist of the Metropolitian Opera heading a magnificent music program.

Mass Schedule:  8AM & noon daily, 9 AM & 5:30 PM Saturday, 9 AM & 12 Sunday (10:30 in Spanish)

FYI:  (no website up currently)   Tel.  212-673-4224     173 East Third St.  (btw Ave A and B)

4. The Bhakti Center

Also known as The International Society for Krishna Consciousness.  The Hari Krishna movement is now much larger overseas than in America, but was founded right here on 2nd Avenue in the East Village by Swami Prabupada in 1966.   Their first open public chant was that year in our Tompkins Square Park.  The Bhakti Center offers daily and weekly yoga, meditation classes, retreats, music, food and lecture series.  They have opened a new cafe/public venue, “Rasa”.

FYI:   www.bhakticenter.org      Tel.  212-982-1819,   25 First Avenue (btw 1st and 2nd St.)

5.  Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection

The first parish community was organized in New York in 1870, and in 1904 it became the Cathedral and seat of the Russian Orthodox Church in North America. The original building, located on E. 97th Street was taken over by the Soviet government in a 1926 legal battle. The congregation moved to the East Village, first on Houston Street, and in 1943 to their current building on East 2nd Street. Built in 1867, the building was designed by Josiah Cady who also designed the Museum of Natural History and the old Metropolitan Opera. It currently serves as the Cathedral and seat for the Diocese of New York and New Jersey of the Orthodox Church in America.

Vespers Thursday evenings 6:00 p.m., Vigil Service Saturday evenings 5:30 p.m. Liturgy Sunday 9:30 a.m. 

FYI:  www.nycathedral.org   Tel. 212-677-4664,  59 East Second St. (btw 1st and 2nd Ave.)

6.  St. Mary’s American Orthodox Church

On this site, early in the 20th Century, St. Mary’s began as a Russian Orthodox parish.   One of Manhattan’s many original streams runs covered underground next to it.

Liturgy Sunday 9:30 AM

FYI:   (no website yet)   Tel. 212-674-1066     121 East 7th Street (btw 1st Ave and Ave. A)

7.  Madina Masjid, Islamic Council of America Inc.

One of the first community Mosques in NYC founded here in 1976.  Predominantly Sunni with a congregation mainly first generation male immigrants, dedicated to conservative Muslim tenents.  Music is not part of worship, although reciting the Koran and Call to prayer is part of daily practice.   On 9/11, non Muslim neighbors surrounded the Mosque in protection.   They have a youth school, and are planning a new and larger facility at the current site.   (looking for a local temporary space during this time)

The Mosque is open all day with group prayer 5 times a day (time varies).  The main service is Friday at 1PM

FYI:   (no website yet), Tel. 212-533-5060,  401 East 11th St. (corner of 1st Ave)

8.  Mary House

The Catholic Worker began as a newspaper here in New York City on May 1, 1933 with Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin.  In the paper they advocated for the Works of Mercy as the most direct form of action to address the social and political problems of the time.  The organization soon developed also into houses of hospitality and a lay community who lived serving in voluntary poverty.  Today there are over one hundred autonomous houses of hospitality around the US and the world.  Mary House is where Dorothy Day spent her last several years of life and where Mother Teresa visited her to thank her for her inspiration and bestowing her the Orders cross.

Mass celebrated Thursdays, 7PM,  Lecture/talks every Friday evening 7:30PM

FYI:  (no website yet)   Tel. 212 777-9617     55 East Third St (btw 1st and 2nd Ave)

9.  The Nechung Foundation (East Village Tibetan Center)

Since 1990 this Tibetan Temple has been serving on a 5th floor of an apartment house.  Lama Pema also runs a school for Tibetan children in the neighborhood. 

He holds meditation and teachings every Wednesday and Saturday evenings at 7 PM.

FYI: www.tibetanliberation.org/nechung.html   Tel.  212-388-9784  110 First Avenue (btw 6th and 7th St.) # 5

10. St. Mark’s in the Bowery

The site of our area’s first chapel, our first religious building.  Built in 1660 on his farm by Peter Stuyvesant,  Governor of New Amsterdam.  The only street in Manhattan aligned due north.  This present Episcopal church was completed on site in 1799.  To mention a few of the names of those passing through these doors, from Alexander Hamilton, Gov. and V.P. Daniel Tompkins (Tompkins Sq.), James Renwick, to our great artists, Kahlil Gibran, Isadora Duncan, William Carlos Williams, Edna St. Vincent, Carl Sanbdburg, W.H. Auden, Martha Graham, Sam Shepherd, Allen Ginsberg, Diane DePrima, Merce Cunningham, etc.  The Church was a local center in our anti-war, civil rights causes, social justice, community organizing and development of community arts from the 1960’s onward.   

Evesong/Eucharist 7PM Wednesdays, 12 Noonday Prayer Friday, 11AM Eucharist Sunday

FYI:  www.stmarksbowery.org   Tel. 212-674-6377,  131 East 10th St. (at Second Ave.)

11. Iglesia Alianza Cristiana y Misionera

In the early 20th Century this was the site of Segal’s cafe, catering to many of our more notorious figures and early mafia.  But for over 56 years it has transformed and been one of the first Hispanic evangelical churches in our area.   It remains very much a family affair, serving our hispanic community (but open to all, with active translation in English) and vibrant music.  Their Cantate Music program offers lessons to the public.

10:30 Sunday Service 

FYI:  www.sevangelic.com   Tel.  212-982-7110   76 Second Avenue (btw 4th and 5th St.)