Steve Fisher explores three churches and a synagogue. We get to view the results with him. Steve writes the rest of this post:
- As part of the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s “Sacred Sites” weekend, celebrating landmark religious structures, I visited St Bartholomew’s Church on Park Avenue and 51st street. While I had seen the imposing building many times over the years, I’d never been inside. Its Byzantine design is unlike any church interior I’ve ever seen.
- I also visited St Matthias Church in Ridgewood, Queens as part of the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s “Sacred Sites” weekend. The weather was not conducive to traipsing around outside, and it was not especially impressive anyway. But then the surprise came when I entered the building. Wow! Yet another discovery that had been virtually in my backyard without my ever knowing it existed.
- Behind the St Matthews Church in Woodhaven, Queens is a landmarked cemetery, the Wyckoff-Snediker Family Cemetery. The church is currently being renovated. The cemetery is overgrown and neglected and not likely to be cleaned up before the renovation is completed.
- I also had a chance to visit the Tifereth Israel Synagogue in Corona, Queens [the oldest in the borough]. I went today since I was certain someone would be there for sabbath services, and I could find out when I might return to photograph it, not wanting to interfere with the service. The congregants were very welcoming and even allowed me to take some photos from the balcony while the service was in progress. While the exterior of the building has been completely renovated, the interior is in much need of attention. I guess they are awaiting funding to tackle the inside.