Walking Through the Catacombs of St. Patrick’s in Little Italy [PHOTOS]

Posted July 11, 2018 at 5:00 am

When walking around New York City, you can take in a whole different world if you just stop texting, get off Instagram, remove your Beats headphones and, instead, look up and down to notice the smaller details of the city: gargoyles carved into buildings, plaques set into sidewalks, mosaics wedged into odd places. But what […]

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Sea of Galilee Church on Eldridge Street Shows Off New Exterior After Decade-Long Rehabilitation

Posted November 11, 2014 at 6:04 am

From street view, the four-story Sea of Galilee Church at 166 Eldridge Street had been one of the most beautifully decrepit structrues on the Lower East Side. Its faded brick facade fell into disrepair over the last few decades, always appearing on the verge of collapse. That’s why the structure has been under the knife […]

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History Hunt – Week 7 Answered

Posted August 24, 2010 at 11:41 am

The answer to this week’s History Hunt is 126 Forsyth Street, now home to the Templo Adventista del Septimo.  Congratualtions to Diarmuid Joye for winning the prize pack of books.  Well, folks, we’ve reached the conclusion of the History Hunt series.  We would just like to reiterate our thanks to the Tenement Museum, the readers, […]

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Early Edition: December 25

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:07 am

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On the Old Bowery

Last modified December 4, 2009 at 8:36 am

On December 5, 1920, the New York Times published a sprawling period piece on the ever-changing Bowery landscape; a little history is mixed in as well.  Reading the article with the added benefit of hindsight, it’s quite fascinating to note how far the thoroughfare has progressed – for better or worse.  The opening paragraph talks […]


Templo Adventista Artwork Torn Apart

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 2:19 am

Last night, we noticed that the colorful religious mural hanging on the Delancey facade of Templo Adventista del Septimo was detached from its longstanding position.  Indeed, upon closer inspection, it seems that the artwork was completely torn apart, its remainders helplessly blowing in the wind.  For a brief moment, the plywood base to which it […]

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Provincetown Coming Down

Last modified July 14, 2009 at 1:28 am

For many months, the Provincetown Playhouse on MacDougal Street lay inactive behind a shroud of dark netting and scaffolding. It seemed as though its imminent demolition, albeit partial, would be delayed. Not the case, though. The wrecking ball has officially hit. Between the Playhouse and the former Catholic Center, NYU is really steamrolling Greenwich Village. […]

End of Days

Posted April 16, 2009 at 8:17 am

Reduced to nothing more than a stoic skeleton beneath Washington Square Park, the Catholic Center at NYU is truly at the end of days. It’s been a slow two months of ear-splitting demolition, but the process is now ever-closer to completion. Head over and check out the worksite while the structure still stands. Related Reading:Catholic […]

Thompson Street Hell

Posted April 7, 2009 at 8:11 am

Avoid the upper reaches of Thompson Street at all costs. That’s right, between the gravelly street (primed for pavement), encroaching sidewalk plywood, and ear-splitting noise, the scene is definitely migraine-inducing. And now the former Catholic Center is virtually gone. Related Reading:Down and Out [Bowery Boogie]

Down and Out

Posted March 26, 2009 at 8:36 am

Walking along West Third Street, it’s fairly obvious that the dismantling of the Catholic Center at NYU is proceeding rather quickly. In just a few short weeks, the rear of the building has been reduced to a glorified pile of brick and twisted metal. And as demolition crews continue to wield their heavy machinery, the […]