St. Mark's-in-the-Bowery Church

St. Mark's-in-the-Bowery Church

St. Mark's-in-the-Bowery Church
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)
How to get there
  • Astor Place • 4 min walk
  • 3rd Ave • 5 min walk
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN4,977 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Beautiful and historically significant church. New York's oldest sight of continuous religious practice with the original chapel built in 1660 by Petrus Stuyvesant who was one of the original founders of the city. The current Episcopal church was completed in 1799 and is still noteworthy of being the second oldest standing church in Manhattan. The church has had many famous congregation members including New York mayor and later VP of the United States Daniel Tompkins and Commodore Matthew C Perry.
Written April 8, 2024
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
I was wandering around the Lower East Side and bumped into this very old church with a yard around it. I read the signs outside and could see that they have community programs and arts. This is one of the few remnants of very old NY.
Written November 27, 2021
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seanworc
New York City, NY710 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Solo
This church is historic and well worth visiting for an hour, let alone attend services. Located in the East Village, the church has been involved in long, long periods of New York City history. This location is the resting place for Peter Stuyvesant, one of the famous leaders of Dutch New Amsterdam. This place was once part of Peter Stuyvesant's farm. It has been a focal point of civil rights and cutting edge art in the city for decades. for arty types, Kahlil Ghibran, Isadora Duncan, Williams Carlos Williams, Allen Ginsburg, Sam Shepard, and Patti Smith have performed here.
Written November 11, 2015
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James S
Sitges, Spain7,744 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
This is the second oldest church in New York. It was once the chapel on the Stuyvesant farm. Today it's an Episcopal church.
The sanctuary is a bit bare and disappointing, but the graveyard is very interesting. There are many interesting tombs here, including Peter Stuyvesant.
Written October 10, 2017
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Barnaby H
Hartford, CT74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017
No kidding! This church, with Hamilton as one of the founders maintains its iconoclast cred with superb music, clean, simple, yet funky, interior. A place that truly celebrates diversity. And now with a new minister, the great, Rev. Anne Sawyer - this church can't be stopped. And a church offering a Disco Service - I mean, come on, this place is awesome.
Written July 1, 2017
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boazug
Iasi, Romania227 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Solo
What we call today New York City was founded in 1625, by the Dutch, on the southern tip of Manhattan island, as New Amsterdam and taken over peacefully by the Britons,in 1664,in exchange for Surinam. Britons renamed it New York, after the Duke of York, brother of King Charles II.
Peter Stuyvesant, the last Dutch governor of New Amsterdam (future New York), lived on site this handover and his tomb in St Mark's-in-the-Bowery Church is of one whom we can consider a co-founder of the big and important city of our time, a cradle of the European Civilization in America, the Civilization that made America great.
When Stuyvesant came to New Amsterdam, in 1647,there had been only 22 years since Peter Minuit purchased Manhattan,for the Dutch West India Company, from indigenous people living in tents,"armed" with bows and arrows and having primitive animist "religions" and cruel "gods". As European, I was surprised to see American museums praising primitive "indigenous civilizations" that brought nothing to the modern and scientific civilization of America, while despising the great European Civilization and great Europeans, like the co-founder of New York, Peter Stuyvesant, whose tomb is uncertainly identified ("in this vault") and mentioned on a small, damaged and faded plaque placed somewhere outside the church, on a lateral wall.
The main part of this church was built in the late Georgian style (completed and consecrated in 1799, on the church first built by the Stuyvesant family and where Peter Stuyvesant was buried
in 1672), the steeple was erected in 1828 in the Greek Revival style and the nice wrought and cast iron fence was erected in 1838. The church was nearly destroyed by a strange fire, in 1978,
so that what we see today is a recent reconstruction.
For almost a century, this building hosted vanguard artistic shows (poetry, dance, music) and hosts now some local preservation centers. It is now a globalist cultural center and theoretically
a church, but not a traditional Protestant Church, as it was first.
The church was closed, at the time of my visit. What I could see, was the exterior. The most remarkable are the bronze bust of Peter Stuyvesant, donated by Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, in 1915, and the tombs of Daniel Tompkins, former vice-president of the United States and, of course, Peter Stuyvesant's. Pretty impressive, the big bell, dating from 1836, cracked in 1978 fire, after ringing for JFK and MLK.
When I came to NYC, I had in mind to visit Ellis Island and St Mark's-in-the-Bowery Church, to pay my tribute to the European founders of New York and America. Ellis Island was closed, at that moment, after the damage caused by hurricane Sandy. St Mark's was also closed, but the items related to Peter Stuyvesant are placed exclusively outside the building, so I could pay my proper tribute. My review here is also part of it.
Written July 18, 2014
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Brian S
New York City, NY13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Solo
Came here primarily to see the tomb of Peter Stuyvesant, the Dutch leader of New Netherland, what would later become New York City! Very old part of the city with other Dutch settlers buried here.
Written September 21, 2019
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RonWamberal
Sydney, Australia12,130 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
You'd come here for probably 2 reasons - the beauty of the church and the history associated with the early days of New York. I love the history associated with Peter Stuyvesant and this is something you will never find around the touristy parts like Times Square. Probably helps to read this time of New York before visiting these parts, it will be much more meaningful.
Written June 13, 2019
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jcmtl1965
Montreal, Canada9,424 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
I really enjoyed visiting this church. It is beautiful from the outside (I was unable to go inside because it seemed like it was being renovated). It is possible to visit part of the grounds.
Written May 18, 2019
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misopiso88
Seattle, WA25,273 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Solo
Located 2 blocks from Tompkins Square Park, St. Mark's is worth the detour! Beautiful church with a rich history that dates back to the mid 1600s. Highly recommend!
Written December 14, 2018
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