Built in 1925, St. Lucy's Church was established to serve the city's Italian diaspora. The brick and stone building was constructed in the Romanesque style of architecture, but the real treasures can be found in the church interiors. Studded with awe-inspiring murals, frescoes and sculptural work, the church interiors are a spectacular affair and warrant a visit. Built in 1925, this historic church found its place in the prestigious National Register of Historic Places in the year 1998. St. Lucy's Church is the National Shrine of St. Gerard.
Resting behind an opulent French-Gothic Revival visage, the cathedral is rightly situated in the heart of the city. Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart was constructed over the course of nearly a century, specifically built to feature views of the mountains to the west and downtown Manhattan to the east. First proposed in 1859, the cathedral's cornerstone was finally set forty years later. It wasn't until 1954 that the church was completed and consecrated. Pope John Paul II visited this gargantuan cathedral in 1995, performing an evening prayer that earned the cathedral the rank of basilica. Rightly dubbed as the Monument of Faith, this elegant basilica is adorned with sharp arches and glorious chandeliers giving way to the stunning altar. The Cathedral Basilica regularly holds concerts that are open to the public, played on the largest pipe organ ever created by the Schantz Organ Company. Commanding Newark's beautiful landscape, the basilica is one of the most treasured edifices of the city.
New York's Grand Central Terminal, often inaccurately referred to as the Grand Central Station, is one of Midtown Manhattan's most resplendent architectural jewels and one of the busiest terminals in the world. Completed in 1913, the majestic Beaux-Arts beauty is richly embellished, its interiors a love affair with marble, while the ornamented facade is topped by The Glory of Commerce - a riveting sculpture that depicts Mercury, Hercules and Minerva overlooking the riotous city from a lofty perch, the world's largest Tiffany stained glass clock at their feet. Painted constellations arch above the iconic main hall, featured in any number of movies, its vaulted ceilings an awe-inspiring sight. Today, the building also houses chic shops and a dining concourse, alongside 44 platforms that cater to commuter, intercity and rapid transport trains, attracting commuters and tourists in equal measure.
The magnanimous Clement Clark Moore, the man who gave the moniker of Chelsea to the neighborhood, established this church in 1831. The original chapel features a Greek-revival design, however a few years later, a larger church was constructed right next to the smaller chapel (which is now the rectory) in the Gothic Revival style. The Episcopalian denomination also attends events at the the massive General Theological Seminary right down the street and the church hosts the Atlantic Theater Company in an adjacent building. Also of note, St. Peter's presents Music in Chelsea, a concert series with live music ranging from classical to folk. For more details, check the website or call ahead.
This memorial is dedicated to the devastating Great Irish Potato Famine of 1845 - 1852. The Famine resulted in nearly one million deaths in Ireland and forced countless others to emigrate to America, many of whom came to New York. The memorial is made of stones from all 32 counties of Ireland. It also uses native soil and vegetation straight from Ireland, as well as slabs of text separated by layers of Irish limestone from over 300 million years ago. The memorial also features an authentic 19th century Irish cottage.
This bronze statue in Central Park is a popular attraction for kids. Commissioned by George Delacorte and sculpted by Jose de Creeft in 1959, Alice in Wonderland is a tribute to the famous Lewis Carroll novel. The sculpture depicts Alice, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, and the Dormouse gathered around a troop of mushrooms. The statue is designed for children to climb and play on. Look for Alice in the eastern section of the park, just north of the Conservatory Water near East 74th Street.
Built in 1847, Grace Church in Newark is one of the oldest places of worship in the city. The church was built in the Gothic Revival style of architecture and is considered among enthusiasts to be one of the finest of its kind in the country. Notable features of the church include the spire, the intricate sculpture work on the altar as well as the imposing organ. Music forms an important part of the church's activities, with dedicated choirs as well as a rich program of events throughout the year. Check website for more.
Built in 1810, Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral is one of the city's oldest places of worship. The magnificent church building features a mix of architectural styles, notably Greek Revival and Gothic Revival. The church was originally established as Trinity Church, but later became Trinity & St. Philip's after the congregation of a nearby church was merged with it. Check website for more information.
Established in the year of 1888, First Baptist Peddie Memorial Church is a great spiritual platform. It is situated at Broad and Fulton Streets, and strives to become a religious home for culturally and ethnically divergent communities of New Jersey. The Sunday School is at 9:30a on Sundays, while the worship is at 10:30a. It follows the rare Byzantine-Romanesque style of architecture. A majestic monumental church, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
Built in 1852, Saint James AME Church is one of the oldest churches in the city. The imposing church building features striking architectural details, and is a fine example of Gothic architecture in the city. The historic church congregation predates the church building by close to a decade. Beyond being just a place of worship, the church today actively engages with the community through its various programs and outreach ministries. Check website for worship times and more information.
Eberhardt Hall is one of the oldest buildings on the New Jersey Institute of Technology campus. This mansion-like structure is a rare example of Gothic Victorian architecture in Newark. Some of the most evident features include the lavish staircase, gaslight fixtures and Victorian furnishings. This building is well-equipped with modern amenities, and its detailed architecture makes it a stand out.
The Newark Broad Street Station is a landmark on the cityscape. Built in 1901, it is a passenger rail station of the New Jersey Transit. Its architecture is an example of the Colonial Revival and Renaissance styles. The brick and stone building is replete with a charming clock tower, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.