NYC Churches

Date created/published: between 1900 and 1920

Trinity churchyard, cemetery and the surrounding skyscrapers.

The picture is part of  the Detroit Publishing Company Photograph Collection.

Date created/published: ca. 1909

The Church of Christ, Scientist was founded by Mary Baker Eddy in 1879 following a personal healing, which she claimed resulted from reading the Holy Bible.

Mary Baker Eddy was the author of the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. Christian Science teaches that the “allness” of God denies the reality of sickness, death, sin and the material world. Accounts of healing through prayer are common within the church and adherents traditionally refuse medical treatment.

Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Photography by Joao Lucas Ferreira

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is an ornamented Neo-Gothic style Roman Catholic cathedral in the heart of New York. The Cathedral is the biggest gothic-style Catholic Cathedral in the US and has been recognized throughout its historical past as a pre-eminent center of Catholic life in the country.

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is the seat of the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, and a parish church, positioned on the east side of 5th Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets in midtown Manhattan, directly across the avenue from Rockefeller Center.

Riverside Church

The Riverside Church in New York City is an American Baptist and United Church of Christ church, well known for its complex Gothic architecture, which includes the world’s biggest tuned carillon bell. The Riverside Church is located between 120th St. and 122nd St., in Morningside Heights between Riverside Drive and Claremont Avenue.

The tallest church in the United States and the 26th tallest in the world, it was described by The New York Times as “a stronghold of activism and political debate throughout its 75-year history … influential on the nation’s religious and political landscapes.”

The church received New York City Landmark status in 2000.