Walks in New York and elsewhere

My comments on buildings, shops, restaurants that catch my eye as I wander around New York City and other places.

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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Henry Street Settlement and beyond

Henry Street Settlement occupies several buildings in the immediate area, some of them among the oldest in Manhattan. They have been very good stewards. The modern building shown here was designed by Prentice Chan Ohlhausen in 1976 and contains a theatre and space for programs in the arts.

The adjacent colonial revival structure that housed the original Neighborhood Playhouse
is a National Historic Landmark.

St. Mary's Church was built in 1833, around the same time as the Bialystoker Synagogue, but it has always been a Roman Catholic church, first serving a very small group of parishioners, then successive waves of immigrants. The facade was renovated in 1871 by Patrick Charles Keely, a designer of many churches.

But, these streets remain, just for the time being, primarily Jewish.

Just a little farther west, we get a hint of the neighborhood coming up.


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