St. Bartholomew's Church

St. Bartholomew's Church, New York City

St. Bartholomew's Church
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Neighborhood: Midtown East
How to get there
  • 51st St • 2 min walk
  • Lexington Ave / 53rd St • 5 min walk
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ChristineUSA
40 contributions
Apr 2015 • Family
I found St. Bart's Christmas Eve when St. Patrick's Cathedral deemed me unworthy of tickets for midnight mass (even though I ordered tickets on Sept 1). Anyway, we went to St. Bart's instead and that in itself was a gift. (We've been there many times since). It is an absolutely beautiful church with true worshipers who have the freedom to be themselves while talking to the Lord. When visiting St. Bart's you right away feel like you belong -- whether you are there for just one day or a long-time parishioner. Their mission statement is beautiful and worth writing here for you to understand how accepting this church is. "What we are for: the dignity and worth of every person. An open minded, passionate commitment to truth. The importance of everyone's own spiritual journey. God's friends wherever we find them. Seeking Christ in every person who comes through the door. The sacredness of life's rites of passage. The value of community. The hard work necessary to make sure that all are welcomed. Telling the truth about life's challenges. A 'user friendly' church experience. Children, youth, and families." "What we are against: claiming to have all the answers. Elitism and exclusivism, especially in church. Bigotry for any reason. Authoritarianism. Indifference to injustice and suffering..." Everyone at the church is genuine. It's a beautiful experience. Visit and support.
Written July 8, 2015
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Edward D.
Lucena, PB2,922 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
This church is a stone’s throw away from St. Patrick’s Cathedral, located 2 blocks west, so if you like church architecture, you should visit. The pipe organ is the largest in NYC and in the 10 largest in the world (huh!). Leopold Stokowski was one of the church’s former choir directors. It’s free to visit, so I’d recommend a visit if you’re nearby.
Written October 13, 2018
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Luvs2TravelAnywhere
New York City, NY6,683 contributions
May 2016
St. Bartholomew's is at Park and 50th sandwiched in between the. Waldorf and the Seagrams Building. It is dark inside so my pictures did not turn out well, but it is indeed a very spiritual and sacred space with an interesting movie history. The have a shop too.
Written May 15, 2016
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Tim W
Coppell, TX4 contributions
Jul 2021
I am a lifelong Episcopalian who attempted to visit St. Bart’s with my family. We were accosted as soon as we entered the unlocked front door and told that we had to leave immediately. We were already inside, but he would not allow us even a brief glance through the open doors into the main part of the church. So much for the hypocritical “Welcome" sign posted just outside. I recommend visiting the nearby churches of St Patrick’s and St Thomas Episcopal instead. They are both stunningly beautiful and warmly welcoming to visitors.
Written July 12, 2021
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BunclodySenator
Jerusalem, Israel202 contributions
Nov 2013 • Friends
Whenever I'm in midtown Manhattan, and feel the need to calm myself, I enter this church to admire the beautiful Byzantine style mosaic ceilings in the entry, while the church itself is very understated in its elegance and peacefulness.
This Episcopal church is very welcoming to all - I'm a Traditional Jew, but feel welcome as I enter with a kipa (skullcap) on my head.
It is on the block north of the Waldorf Astoria on Park Ave.
Written November 5, 2013
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Donna D
Grenada, MS7 contributions
Jul 2013
Beautiful church, unique with mosaics
Great bookshop with friendly, welcoming staff
A tribute to Episcopalian's!
Written July 21, 2013
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Julie T
Rochester, NY825 contributions
Aug 2019
A hidden gem among the skyscrapers that looks a bit our of place in its location. Beautiful place to just sit for a moment of prayer and peace in the hustle of the city. Take time to read the history of the church and the work it has done for the people of the city.
Skip St. Patrick's and spend some time here.
Written August 15, 2019
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crawford g
Aberdeen, UK1,579 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
Came across this church by accident, but in terms of architectural beauty, it puts other local churches like St. Patrick's to shame. Not the original, but a truly wonderful building with a sence of serenity inside, and architectural elegance outside. The staff were informative and helpful. A true hidden gem!
Written January 4, 2019
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Linda_in_Quincy
Quincy, MA350 contributions
Oct 2017 • Solo
A visit to St. Bartholomew's Church (known as St. Bart's) on Park Avenue introduced me to the stunning mosaic work of artist Hildreth Meière. I knew nothing about this artist and her work and was astounded by what I discovered! Upon entering the church and looking up, I saw five Art Deco domes; all were done in mosaics using 24 karat gold leaf and glass. Another mosaic soars high above the altar; unfortunately, the interior lighting was too dim for me to see it clearly. I was glad to learn that Hildreth Meière received some awards for her work during her lifetime and, in 1946, became the first woman appointed to the New York City Art Commission.

Many other beautiful sacred art works are found throughout this Episcopal church; one of the chapels features a Byzantine icon. The organist was practicing the afternoon I was there, and made my visit even more enjoyable. I later found out that St. Bart's pipe organ is the largest one in New York.

The church is close to Rockefeller Center; it's worth a stop if you happen to be in the vicinity.
Written November 16, 2017
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aliza_616
Freeport, NY52 contributions
Apr 2017
This is a beautiful church and a great place to hear music. I attended a free concert at 1:15 PM this last Thursday. It was sponsored by a group who love "early music" called GEMS. You can get the schedule of weekly concerts from the GEMS website.

The concert was about 45 minutes long and featured a string trio playing music of 1600's and 1700's. I really enjoyed it. Musicians were enthusiastic and very skilled, the chapel had good acoustics. We were seated in padded pews. An hour was long enough.

We were also able to visit the sanctuary after the concert and were lucky to hear the organist practicing for Holy Week services.
Written April 9, 2017
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