Churches/ Cathedrals in New York City

Churches & Cathedrals in New York City, NY

Churches & Cathedrals in New York City

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  • cornwall666
    Cornwall, UK70 contributions
    An incredible building with amazing acoustics; we were lucky enough for the organ to be playing when we visited - a must visit.
    Written 2 February 2023
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  • Piotr M
    Warsaw, Poland967 contributions
    This is supposed to be the oldest church in New York - dates back to 1766, and it is definitely worth the visit, knowing that it was visited by George Washington
    Written 7 December 2022
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  • ek1974
    Hartland, WI189 contributions
    It is a great place to rest and feel the quietness from busy 5th st. I visited the St. Thomas Church after MOMA. It was just 3 min's walk.
    Written 29 September 2022
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  • worldgirl87
    Dumfries, UK115 contributions
    Amazing uplifting experience. I went having always wanted to visit since reading the cross and switch blade book. The worship was outstanding. It felt like being at a concert however the leader did a great job at trying to encourage congregation to take part. Preaching was powerful as well. Will most definitely return if I am so blessed to come back to NYC
    Written 23 May 2022
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  • PAULETINO
    LONDON32 contributions
    I wanted to go to a Gospel church while in New York. This is in Harlem. We felt that everybody was happy to see us. The service was really really good. The singing was just exceptional. I can see this becoming my church if I move to New York. I took some video with my phone and I have not stopped watching them. I did not feel like a stranger at all.
    Written 19 February 2020
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  • Anita W
    Yorkshire, UK26 contributions
    We had heard that this was a warm and welcoming community, but didnt realise how true that was. The people, the sermon.. everything was just really uplifting. Thank you!
    Written 10 February 2018
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  • mariagloria
    Houston, TX158 contributions
    We happened to see this church not far from our hotel and are so glad we stopped in. It is a beautiful neo Gothic church that looks like a European cathedral. The stained glass is breathtaking! We thought this church was even prettier than St. Patrick's.
    Written 1 October 2022
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  • Disfrutator
    New York City, NY98 contributions
    If you are looking to find the next Celine Dion amongst the female soloists, look somewhere else. Now, if what you want is to witness one of the most moving, authentic and amazing experiences in the Harlem gospel circuit, look no further.

    As an experienced traveler to NYC, I've been to several other gospel services, but none came even close to the Greater Refuge Temple's. In short:

    -Warm welcome by the security and ushers, will make you feel at home instantly. Just make sure you arrive at least one-half hour before service starts at 11 AM
    -A high-energy choir that will rock you and make you clap and sing the name of Jesus even if you are an atheist like me.
    -People (including some members of the choir) entering a religious trance, dancing, singing, stomping, shouting and raising their hands to receive the energy of the Lord.
    -A deco building that just for its architectural value is worth the visit.

    Don't miss it.

    Now, a few useful tips and rules of etiquette:

    a) This is not a musical. It's a religious service and as such, respect it by NOT using your cell phone to chat or shoot video. You will be asked to quit and it's embarrassing. Also, don't talk out loud or do anything that could be considered rude.

    b) Although regulars wear their best clothes (some of the ladies' hats are spectacular), you don't need to wear a tie. However, be sensible and avoid shorts, flip-flops, sleeveless shirts, etc.

    c) The service is rather long, about two hours. Although it's worth while sitting through all of it, you can leave earlier, just do it discreetly and not while the preacher is preaching. And don't leave before the alms and donation pan is handled around, that's cheap.

    d) More on money: everyone donates money to the temple, and it is its main income source. Even the preacher, the members of the choir and the ushers do. So why wouldn't you? Don't embarrass yourself and give out some insignificant amount. I've seen tourists who would gladly spend 150 dollars per person on a Broadway show give nothing, or hand out a one-dollar bill to represent their whole family. Again, don't be cheap, it's disgusting to see and offensive to those who opened their doors for you to share this wonderful experience with them.

    After service is finished, you can eat at the temple (I haven't so I could not comment), or go to one of the restaurants around to eat some soul food and complete your Harlem experience.

    Note: my teenage sons, more terrenal than spiritual, flipped out and said it was one of the vacation's highlights.
    Written 21 April 2019
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  • Megan B
    37 contributions
    Looked for a Catholic church near the Met to attend Sunday mass while visiting from out of town and came across this parish that’s a less than 5-minute walk from the subway and 5-minute walk to the Met. Beyond the location being perfect, the church is gorgeous and the Sunday 11am service was a great experience. The choir was lovely and the parish felt welcoming to out-of-town visitors with kind and helpful ushers who didn’t mind pointing out restrooms, etc. The parish is also accommodating to whatever your COVID vaccine status is. If you’ve received both doses you’re welcome to sit in a certain area with your mask on or off. If you’ve not received your vaccine then there’s a dedicated section for social distancing and required masks. A must-see parish for its beauty, welcoming spirit, and location!
    Written 30 May 2021
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  • SusHoff
    Gothenburg, Sweden63 contributions
    My niece and I went to attend the mass a hot Sunday in August. We enjoyed the mass and the gospel and the friendliness to welcome strangers to the mass.
    Written 23 September 2018
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  • peterkQ3239KP
    3 contributions
    My family had tickets to see a show at Madison Square Garden on a Saturday night and we decided to go into the city early to go to church and dinner before the show. We looked up churches in the area on the internet and found St. Francis of Assisi along with a few others. We're glad we selected this church. The inside of the church is beautiful and the altar is amazing. The cantor that sang had such a fantastic voice. Everything was breath taking. It's close to MSG and Penn station. An excellent choice
    Written 27 February 2020
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  • Synne
    Oslo, Norway50 contributions
    Attending the service on Easter Sunday was a great experience! What a friendly congregation who loves Christ and shares the Gospel<3

    The pastor acknowledged the visitors, was thankful for our participation during the service and our offering to the church. The worship was real and alive, and the preaching was just as you would imagine in a black church - charismatic! The congregation only held about 40 members, whereas the rest of the nave was filled with visitors. However, many of these tourists left during the service, which I found disturbing.

    I would have hoped that an estimated duration of the service would have been announced initially. Additionally, if the song texts had been available and the worship had one/more psalms which are known throughout the world, it would have been easier to participate - not only see a tourist attraction.

    For general info, please see: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/11/harlem-churches-see-a-boo_n_1337577.html
    Written 22 April 2014
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  • SEs
    London, UK25,876 contributions
    This is a popular church here lots people. This is part of the tour also.The singing is a bit loud.You have time come here with friends or give it a miss.
    Written 4 June 2018
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  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland17,616 contributions
    Saint Peter’s Church is located near to the World Trade Centre. Nice to drop into when it’s open as it’s calming and quite.
    Written 6 February 2022
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  • James O
    Dublin, Ireland13 contributions
    I think this church Dash newly registered as a historic landmark – is enough forgotten, off the beaten trail place to stop and see a beautiful Romanesque (?) Church
    Written 13 November 2022
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