SPOTLIGHT ON: CHURCHES
By Christine Bruzzese
first Christian congregation in New York City was established by the
Dutch Reformed Church in 1628. In 1654, Sephardic Jews from Brazil formed
the first Jewish congregation in America. The year 1893 saw the opening
of the first Islamic mission in the city. This article highlights some
resources in the City Hall Library on churches, synagogues and other
places of worship.
Neighborhood Revitalization and Religious Institutions was prepared
by the New York City Department of City Planning and the Cheswick Center
in 1979. This report summarizes discussions held at a workshop in 1978,
attended by clergy, community leaders and city officials. Using the example
of Flatbush in Brooklyn, the role of religious institutions in improving
the community is considered.
Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue by J. Robert Wright chronicles the
history of the famous Episcopalian church in midtown Manhattan. Beginning
with its founding in 1823, the author tells the history of the church,
its buildings and its people. Included are background on the rectors
of the church, the exterior and interior designs, the musical traditions
of St. Thomas and relocation from downtown to midtown. Numerous historical
and current photos and drawings enhance the text.
The Synagogues of New York's Lower East Side features photographs
by Jo Renee Fine and text by Gerald R. Wolfe. This is a collection of
photos of interiors and exteriors of various synagogues. Explanatory
text provides information on each building and historical background
on the Jewish community of the Lower East Side.
Many churches and synagogues have been declared landmark buildings.
The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission has published Designation
Reports for each of these. Also of interest is the nine-volume Inventory
of the Church Archives of New York City, a Works Projects Administration
(WPA) survey published in 1939. This is a compilation of the holdings
of archives of Protestant, Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches,
seminaries and other institutions.
Vertical files contain newspaper articles and other clippings of interest.
HOLIDAY SPECIAL FROM THE NEW YORK CITY MUNICIPAL ARCHIVES
York Rises: Photographs by Eugene de Salignac
Archives' new book, "New York Rises: The Photographs by Eugene de
Salignac" is a fascinating history of the City in never-before-seen
images taken over the first four decades of the twentieth century.
of the revised second printing of New York Rises (available in bookstores
November 28th), the Municipal Archives is making this special offer:
Purchase $80 or more in print sales from the The
New York City Municipal Archives' Photo Gallery from
now until December 15th and receive a free 8x10 inch archival digital
print of Eugene de Salignac's famous photograph "Brooklyn Bridge showing
painters on suspenders, October 7, 1914"
to 1934, Eugene de Salignac, the official photographer of the Department
of Bridges, traveled around the five boroughs documenting all manner
of construction projects designed to knit together the newly consolidated
Greater City of New York. The result was 20,000 large-format glass-plate
negatives that are now preserved in the Municipal Archives. More than
just a proficient technician, de Salignac's mastery puts him on par
with some of the greatest photographers of his era. The book includes
96 of the best pictures, printed as duotone images in a hardcover
edition with an essay by noted historian Kevin Moore, and commentary
by Municipal Archives photography curator, Michael Lorenzini.
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