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Elizabeth Ann Bayley is born in New York City on August 28, 1774. She went on to found the first Catholic school and the first female apostolic community in the United States. She was also the first American-born saint beatified by the Roman Catholic Church.

Elizabeth Ann Bayley was born to an eminent physician, Richard Bayley, who served as the first health officer of New York City. Her mother, Catherine, was an Episcopal minister’s daughter who died before Elizabeth’s third birthday, leaving three daughters. Her father remarried and had four additional children. At age 19, Elizabeth married a wealthy shipping magnate, William Magee Seton, with whom she had five children in quick succession. Seton’s health deteriorated after his financial holdings collapsed and he died of tuberculosis in Italy shortly before the couple’s 10th anniversary. Elizabeth’s eldest daughter followed her father to the grave nine years later.

Following these traumas, Elizabeth, who was raised an Episcopalian, received her first Holy Communion and became a Roman Catholic on March 25, 1805. Seton taught in order to support her family and believed in free education for all children, male and female. In pursuit of this goal, she founded the nation’s first Catholic school in Baltimore, which had been the capital of the Catholic colony of Maryland. The school, St. Joseph’s Academy and Free School, would eventually become part of Mount Saint Mary’s University.

In 1809, Seton took vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, along with the moniker “Mother Seton.” She then founded the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph, also in Maryland. Her efforts to establish Catholic institutions in the new United States, protected by the Bill of Rights’ guarantee of freedom of religion, saw her beatified in 1963, and canonized in 1975. Seton Hall University in New Jersey was named in her honor.


Our History

For nearly 200 years, the Sisters of Charity of New York have met the challenges of the times and ministered to the needs of the poor. The Congregation’s history begins with its foundress, Elizabeth Ann Seton, who was later canonized as the first American-born saint.

Elizabeth Ann Bayley, was born in 1774, into an upper class, well educated, Episcopalian family in New York City. Her mother died when she was three. Out of this confluence of birth and life events, she became a well-educated, talented young lady, who was also prayerful and caring, particularly for people in need.

Elizabeth married William Magee Seton and had five children in seven years. She and other young prominent women in New York society served the poor, particularly widows and orphans. Ironically, Elizabeth became a penniless widow within 10 years of marrying when her ailing husband died in Italy. Influenced by the kindness of her husband’s friends and her attraction to the Eucharist, Elizabeth converted to Catholicism.

In order to support her children she taught school. Later, Elizabeth Ann Seton opened a Catholic school for girls in Baltimore and still later moved to Emmitsburg, opened another Catholic school and with a small community of women concentrated on a defined lifestyle for their religious congregation. They adopted the rule that Saints Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac had created in 17th century France.

Within a year, Elizabeth took vows and founded the first American congregation of women religious. In 1817 she sent three of her sisters to New York City to open an orphanage, establishing the foundation of the Sisters of Charity in New York.

In 2009, the Sisters of Charity of New York joined the Sisters of Charity Federation to celebrate the founding of the first order of women religious in the United States by Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. Only For Your Love was published to highlight the history of the Sisters of Charity of New York from 1817 to 2009. Click here to read/download Only For Your Love


CABRINI TO CLOSE HOSPITAL SERVING UPTOWN SECTION

Cabrini Medical Center announced yesterday that it would begin closing its St. Elizabeth's Division in upper Manhattan on Wednesday. It said it hoped to convert the 147-bed hospital into a nursing home.

According to city health officials, St. Elizabeth's, at 190th Street and Fort Washington Avenue, in the Inwood section, would be the 31st hospital to close in New York City since January 1976. Sydenham Hospital, a municipal institution in Harlem, was the last one to close, in November.

According to Cabrini officials, St. Elizabeth's 325 employees would be given jobs in other health-care facilities under a state-financed hospital-closing employment program.

However, legislators from upper Manhattan said that they would go to court to stop the closing. They called the move ''unconscionable'' and '�itful.'' Community Leaders Protest

The decision to close the 107-year-old hospital came after the New York County Health Service Review Organization, a federally financed physician peer-review agency, informed the State Department of Health last November that patient care at St. Elizabeth's was of ''poor quality'' and that the average length of stay there was much too long.

Although, the New York Health Systems Agency, too, had recommended in 1979 that St. Elizabeth's be closed because of its physical and financial condition, its executive director, Anthony Watson, is now siding with the legislators to keep it open,

A group of community leaders, City Councilmen and state legislators from Manhattan issued a joint statement yesterday attacking the Cabrini administration 'ɿor its callous disregard of the needs and concerns of our community.''

They also contended that the closing might lead to the loss of physicians in an area of the city that had been designated by the Federal Government as ''medically underserved.''

However, Cabrini officials and city and state health officials describe St. Elizabeth's in far different terms. John F. Reilly, Cabrini's executive vice president, said St. Elizabeth's lost $400,000 last year. He said that the hospital was so old and decrepit that the cost of modernizing it was ''overwhelming.''

Cabrini, which is operated by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart at 227 East 19th Street, took effective control over St. Clare's Hospital at 415 West 51st Street and its uptown division at St. Elizabeth's last December. At the time, there was considerable speculation that St. Elizabeth's would be closed and converted into a skilled-nursing home.

Mr. Reilly said that the hospital reached only an 81 percent occupancy level in 1980, a level that falls 4 percent below the state's minimum before reiumbursement penalties are imposed.

As for the state, it has consistently argued that there are too many hospital beds in Manhattan and not enough nursing homes.


MULBERRY STREET, Little Italy

In deep and dark November I took a walk straight up Mulberry Street for its entire length, which I had never previously done. It skirts the west edge of Chinatown and cleaves the heart of Little Italy, before ending at Bleecker Street, edging into the south end of NoHo. It’s one of three major north-south streets, along with Mott and Elizabeth, between Centre/Lafayette Streets and the Bowery. It’s teeming with street life with shoppers, tourists and residents and is among the most crowded real estate in New York City.

Little Italy originated in the 1880s, when immigrants from primarily, but not exclusively, Naples and Sicily arrived in New York City and settled in the streets between East Broadway and Houston and Centre/Lafayette Streets and the Bowery. After World War II there was an italian diaspora, as immigrants and their families moved to the outer boroughs and surrounding suburban areas, ultimately leaving a couple of blocks on Mulberry that still have a strong Italian flavor, chockablock with restaurants and coffee/pastry shops tourism keeps these areas strong.

Today, Mulberry Street begins at Worth Street, but until the 1920s, it extended south one block further, to Park Row, indicated as Chatham Street on this 1885 map. Back then, Mulberry Street was the eastern end of Manhattan’s Five Points, so-called because its center was at the complicated intersection of Worth, Baxter (formerly Orange) and Park (now Mosco). From all accounts, it was a “most wretched hive of scum and villainy” as Obi-Wan Kenobi would say.

Five Points would by all accounts put the West 42nd Street of the 1970s and 1980s to shame for its collection of thieves, brigands, prostitutes, murderers and fiends. “The Deuce” of the 1970s’ 42nd Street had nothing on Five Points, which centered around a 1792 brewery on Cross Street near its intersection with Anthony and Orange Streets, at first known as Coulter’s Brewery, but by 1838 had become a rooming house known as the Old Brewery.

From Kenneth Dunshee’s 1952 account in As You Pass By:

The Old Brewery was a five-story building, old and dilapidated. Along one wall an alley led to a single large room in which more than seventy-five men and women of assorted nationalities and races lived together. This was the Den Of Thieves. The name was appropriate. Along the other wall ran another filthy lane called Murderer’s Alley worse than the first.

Upstairs there were about 75 other chambers, housing more than 1,000 people…men, women and children. The section was a warren, with underground passages and murderous cul-de-sacs, into which the police dared venture only in large numbers, for the Old Brewery for a period of more than fifteen years averaged a murder a night.

Five Points was too tough, too unlawful, too unsavory to last, even in the New York of a century ago. The Old Brewery was razed, the last of the gangs destroyed. Today it bears little resemblance to the bull-baiting, rip-roaring hell it was in 1850.

And from Charles Dickens in America: “Notes For General Circulation” (1842):

What place is this, to which the squalid street conducts us? A kind of square of leprous houses, some of which are attainable only by crazy wooden stairs without. What lies behind this tottering flight of steps? Let us go on again, and plunge into the Five Points. This is the place these narrow ways diverging to the right and left, and reeking everywhere with dirt and filth. Such lives as are led here, bear the same fruit as elsewhere. The coarse and bloated faces at the doors have counterparts at home and all the world over. Debauchery has made the very houses prematurely old. See how the rotten beams are tumbling down, and how the patched and broken windows seem to scowl dimly, like eyes that have been hurt in drunken forays. Many of these pigs live here. Do they ever wonder why their masters walk upright instead of going on all fours, and why they talk instead of grunting?

By the 1920s, most of the vestiges of the old Five Points had been replaced by court houses, and by the 60s, high rise apartments had obliterated the last of its little wood frame and brick buildings. It’s a shame, though, that some of the buildings of this notorious slum couldn’t have been preserved in some way.

On the above map, most of the streets south of Worth have been wiped out, replaced by buildings like the Chatham Towers, the Daniel Patrick Moynihan US Courthouse, and the New York State Supreme Court Building. North of Worth, between Baxter and Mulberry, is…

…Columbus Park, which was built in 1887, replacing some of the old Five Points tenements. The expansive park was designed by Calvert Vaux, co-creator of Central and Prospect Parks. After going by a variety of other names, it was named Columbus Park in 1911 in honor of the many Italians settling nearby.

Mulberry Street was named on maps as early as the late 1700s and while surrounding streets like Mott, Elizabeth, Worth and Hester took their names from local personalities or war heroes, its moniker remembers groves of mulberry plants in the area when it was first laid out.

A one-block stretch of Mosco Street between Mulberry and Mott is all that remains of the formerly somewhat lengthy Park Street (originally Cross Street), which used to run from Centre and Duane Streets all the way northeast to Mott.

In 1982, the remaining stretch was named for community activist Frank Mosco, who was associated with the Church of the Transfiguration on Mott Street and involved himself with youth outreach, lower-income housing and the elderly, and organized the Two Bridges Little League.

I don’t want to get sidetracked on this odd little remnant — but will have some more information on a future page dedicated to it. I will say that the northeast corner, 100 Mosco, is where Frank Mosco himself lived, and 28 Mulberry, the current home of the Wah Wing Sang Funeral Home, began as the Banca Italia in 1888.

An aspect of Columbus Park, and other downtown parks such as Union Square, are their fairly large pavilion buildings, which allowed parkgoers some shade and shelter from the rain. I gather that for approximately 30 years beginning in 1980, after the pavilion had been overrun by homeless and drug addicts as well as pigeon droppings, the pavilion was shuttered until 2010, when it was renovated and reopened, this time with a ping-pong table, along with a coatroom and public bathrooms.

The pavilion, now with netting that does not allow pigeons to roost, affords interesting views south into Columbus Park and north along Bayard Street.

Who is that guy? Dr. Sun Yat-Sen (Sun Yixian) (1866-1925), the first president of the short-lived Republic of China, which ruled China after the Qing dynasty was overthrown in 1911 and Japanese occupation during WWII and later, the Communist revolution of 1949. The statue, sculpted by Taiwanese sculptor Lu Chun-Hsiung, was erected in November 2011 to commemorate the centennial of the Republic’s foundation. It was originally meant to be a temporary installation, but later gained permanent status.

Interestingly the park lamps surrounding the pavilion have a Chinatown touch, a pair of dragon heads at the lamplighter’s ladder rest. There are other Chinatown-themed designs for NYC lampposts.

At #46 Mulberry, the date of construction is conveniently displayed at the roofline. I don’t know if the rearing horse is a longstanding or recent addition.

At #48, Mulberry takes a midblock northern angle, south of Bayard. This is the formerly infamous “Mulberry Bend,” a locus on the eastern end of Five Points as one of NYC’s worst neighborhoods, as described by photojournalist Jacob Riis in “How the Other Half Lives”:

Where Mulberry Street crooks like an elbow within hail of the old depravity of the Five Points, is “the Bend,” foul core of New York’s slums. Long years ago the cows coming home from the pasture trod a path over this hill. Echoes of tinkling bells linger there still, but they do not call up memories of green meadows and summer fields they proclaim the home-coming of the rag-picker’s cart. In the memory of man the old cow-path has never been other than a vast human pig-sty. There is but one “Bend” in the world, and it is enough. The city authorities, moved by the angry protests of ten years of sanitary reform effort, have decided that it is too much and must come down. Another Paradise Park will take its place and let in sunlight and air to work such transformation as at the Five Points, around the corner of the next block. Never was change more urgently needed. Around “the Bend” cluster the bulk of the tenements that are stamped as altogether bad, even by the optimists of the Health Department. Incessant raids cannot keep down the crowds that make them their home. In the scores of back alleys, of stable lanes and hidden byways, of which the rent collector alone can keep track, they share such shelter as the ramshackle structures afford with every kind of abomination rifled from the dumps and ash-barrels of the city. Here, too, shunning the light, skulks the unclean beast of dishonest idleness. “The Bend” is the home of the tramp as well as the rag-picker.

Though this stretch can no longer be called a slum, a number of its buildings along the east side of Mulberry Street still stand.

This building, on the northeast corner of Mulberry and Bayard, is the former PS 23 — the first of over 100 buildings that schools architect Charles B.J. Snyder would construct in New York City. The school was dedicated in 1891, when the region was still trying to shake off its Five Points reputation. It was innovative as the first fireproof school building in NYC and featured a community center in the basement, also innovative for the time.

The rough-cut brownstone base featured arched doorways and carved medieval motifs. Above, the orange brick façade was broken by paired windows allowing fresh air and sunshine into the classrooms. The windows of the tower stair-stepped upwards following the course of the interior stairwell…

…The Evening World noted “Two advances, called by educators the greatest ever made, marked this structure. It was in this building that the first attempt at fire-proof construction for schools was made. The first floor had no inflammable materials.” [Daytonian in Manhattan]

Despite the building’s apparent inflammability a devastating fire in January 2020 so damaged the building’s top three floors (which may have been untreated) that demolition of much of the building was deemed necessary.


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ELIZABETH STREET, Chinatown–SoHo

The best Forgotten New York walks encompass worlds. A recent walk I did in a loop around northeast Staten Island brought me from the million-dollar mansions surrounding hidden lakes and ponds to the toughest projects to be found in any borough, with plenty in between. New York, as large cities go, is relatively small in area: Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas could all fit NYC easily within them. That’s why there’s sometimes very little separation from one “atmosphere” to the other. Sometimes in NYC a neighborhood can change in midblock.

I noticed some of that in a recent walk up Elizabeth Street, which sometimes gets lost in NYC lore and legend. It doesn’t get name-checked like its parallel partner, Mott Street, does in Rodgers and Hart’s “I’ll Take Manhattan,” nor is it a household name like the also-parallel Bowery. I decided to do a full-length walk on a road where I had rarely been. I always try and be on a street where I’ve never been at least once a week…

There aren’t a lot of French chateaux to be found in NYC streets, and the former Engine 31, Lafayette and White Streets, is likely the most fanciful firehouse in a city that can boast a variety of architectural styles, from Flemish Gothic to Modernist, in the forms its firehouses take.

As the historical plaque says:

This building, constructed in 1893, is among the best of the many eclectic firehouses built by Napoleon de Brun and Sons. Today it seems surprising that such an elaborate design would be used for so utilitarian a structure. The entire spirit of the building — with its corner tower, steep roof, dormers and stone and iron crestings — recalls a romantic fairy tale.

Engine 31 was in service between October 20, 1865 and November 25, 1972. The building now is home to the Downtown Community TV Center.

To get to Elizabeth Street from here you have to zigzag around. There are interlocking street grids from the west side and east side coming together. Centre Street is the boundary line between the two, but now and then, some streets break through into the other’s territory for a block or two.

At Bayard and Mulberry, across from Columbus Park, the site of the infamous 5 Points — again, a corner I have hitherto missed — is an imposing 5-story red brick tower with intricately fashioned and carved brownstone on the ground floor. I’m frustrated on finding any discussion on its architectural philosophy, as the internet and my NYC guidebooks ignore it. I was aware that it was the former PS 23. The Villager had this:

P.S. 23, which rang its first bell in 1893 and held its last recess in 1976, was at first an elementary school filled with European immigrants and first-generation children: Irish, Italian and East European Jews. The neighborhood demographics shifted several times in the 1900s, first becoming predominantly Italian, and then, with changes in immigration policy in 1943 and in the mid-1960s, predominantly Chinese.

The building has done as a stint as the Museum of Chinese in the Americas (now at 215 Centre), and at present, it is the Chen Dance Center.

Elizabeth Street is one of the few major streets in Manhattan that begins and ends at a T-shaped intersection. This is its southern end facing Bayard Street, just off the heart of Chinatown at Chatham Square, where today a statue of Confucius stands and where there had been a double-decker elevated train station serving both the Second and Third Avenue Els.

Most of the buildings lining Bayard are multifamily, or apartment buildings dating from the first decade or two of the 20th Century. Architects added flourishes like varied window treatments, terra cotta, or ornamental carvings then.

#1 Elizabeth Street, at the corner of Bayard. Again, it’s awash in details and gewgaws that would be considered a waste of time and money by today’s architects. The windows on every floor are treated differently. Some have recessed lintels and others have triangular pediments. In the middle of each recessed arch are horned devils, flanked by what appear to be two examples of what used to be fire horns, used by fire companies as a call to action. Perhaps the fire companies of the day had something to do with the construction. Every building in NYC has a back story, and some are more obvious than others.

Hidden beneath all the signage at #7 Elizabeth is another ornately tricked out apartment from the early 20th Century. The entrance arch would look at home on a pagoda, which means that the building predicted the spread of Chinatown to Elizabeth Street decades in advance. It’s very similar to #1 Elizabeth, complete with small heads in the recesses, so I’d bet the same architect designed it.

Chinatown Arcade, 14-18 Elizabeth, isn’t the famed Chinatown Video Arcade on Mott Street (it closed, anyway, in 2011) but merely an indoor mall. Formerly the Canal Arcade, it was built on the plot left behind by the Bowery Theater, which burned down in 1929.

Next door at 20-22 Elizabeth, I was arrested by this brickfaced building with an unusually shaped roofline. I just knew something was up with this building, that there had to be some history behind it.

The largest and most famous of the Bowery beer halls, this sumptuously decorated building opened in 1858. It had its own brewery, shooting gallery, an all female orchestra, a giant mechanical music box (the orchestrian) and movie screens. The battle over a Sunday liquor license lasted over forty years, with constant raids and arrests of bartenders, waiters and the owner himself. Despite all this, the Atlantic Garden was one of the more democratic sites in 1880s New York–a place for immigrant families (predominantly German and Italian, but there were even some Asians!) to escape the swelter of the tenements. Untapped Cities

Though the exterior has been redone a few times, the shell of the 1859 beer garden is still inside. David Freeland, in his excellent Automats, Taxi Dances, & Vaudeville (for which your webmaster chipped in a cover blurb), devotes an entire chapter to the long history of this little-remembered NYC landmark.

Beer gardens, meanwhile, have come back into vogue in recent years, springing up in Williamsburg and other neighborhoods. The Bohemian in Astoria is the city’s oldest one in operation.

The NYPD 5th Precinct Building rose in 1881 — the date of construction is in the pediment above the entrance. The architect was Sergeant Nathaniel Bush — a member of the NYPD! In its early days it was the 6th Precinct, and the area then in the Sixth Ward, rife with gang warfare just north of Five Points, was called the “Bloody Sixth.” The precinct raided the Atlantic Gardens repeatedly when it was then in violation of restrictive laws forbidding the sale of liquor on Sundays in theaters, which the Atlantic’s owners resisted. A vestige of the blue laws remained on the books until July 30, 2006, when liquor stores were finally able to sell liquor consumed off-premises after 12 noon. The precinct later battled Chinese gangs and extortionists known as tongs.

Canal Street, the main east-west artery in Manhattan south of Houston Street, connects the Manhattan Bridge with the Holland Tunnel. It began in the early 1800s as a drainage ditch used to drain off Collect Pond, in what would become the Foley Square area, since the freshwater pond and cattle watering pool had been used as a garbage dump and was now disease-ridden. After the pond was empty, the ditch was paved over and became the extra-wide, by Manhattan standards, thoroughfare. The east end of Canal Street was originally called Pump street, as noted in FNY’s Lower Manhattan Street Necrology.

I admit I’ve never spent much time on Canal Street. The thick crowds on the sidewalks, and the honking trucks (this is a major truck route, and I think Robert Moses was onto something with his defeated Lower Manhattan Expressway, as long as it could have been mostly underground in a tunnel). After Boston’s billions of dollars in Big Dig cost overruns, I doubt NYC will see anything like that.

Bike share racks on Elizabeth near Hester Street. The popular program, sponsored by Citibank, has seen such racks proliferate around town, but some locations are headscratchers. In a very congested part of town, why eliminate precious parking space here?

I could be wrong but Elizabeth and Hester may be the only intersection in Manhattan where both streets are women’s first names, though Hester isn’t used much anymore. No one is sure who the original Elizabeth was — likely the wife or daughter of a landowner through whose expanse the street was laid out. Hester Rynders was the daughter of Jacob Leisler, a lieutenant governor of New York hanged for treason after he unlawfully seized control of the New York colony in 1691. Hester’s daughter was named Elizabeth, however, though there’s no documentation conforming the street was named for her. Benjamin Rynders owned a large amount of Manhattan lands in the colonial era. A former name of Centre Street is Rynders, or Ryndert, Street.

Other streets in Manhattan with women’s first names are Ann and Catherine. You can’t count Jane, as it was named for a Jaynes who lived in the West Village. There was also a tiny Rachel Lane in the Lower East Side.

A McKim, Mead and White masterwork, the Bowery Savings Bank, rose from 1892-1894 on the Bowery at Grand, extending back to Elizabeth Street, when the Bowery was a theater district and the center of the NYC entertainment scene, and was still respectable — it didn’t descend into despair until the 1910s. This bank set the template for the Roman Classical Style revivals for subsequent bank buildings. Bowery Bank had stood in this location since 1834: this was the third building. The interior featured marble mosaic floors, yellow marble tellers’ counters, and cast-iron skylights and stairs. Thankfully the building has been saved and is now the Capitale nightclub.

After some mergers, the Bowery is now Capital One. Joe DiMaggio was the bank’s TV spokesman for many years.

The sculpted pediments, depicting bare-breasted women petting lions, were designed by Frederic MacMonnies, later famed for his Civic Virtue statue that has gone from City Hall Park to Queens Borough Hall to Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery.

Another semi-fanciful apartment house on the NW corner of Grand and Elizabeth. There was likely a capital on the corner that has been removed along the way.

Christopher Henry Gallery, an art gallery at 127 Elizabeth north of Grand. It still bears the cross over the door from its days as the parish house of San Salvatore Church around the corner on Broome Street.

Five Brothers Fat Enterprise, Broome and Elizabeth. Apparently a fruit and vegetablewholesaler.

Apartment buildings, 1910 and 2010 style, on the NE and SW corners of Kenmare and Elizabeth Streets. I get accused at times of not liking anything new, but I like the irregularities of the new building and its wraparound windows, and how each floor is different than the other. You just have to be careful with the curtains if you live there.

I think I have shown this before, but there’s a palimpsest of at least four faded ads on top of the other on the older building’s Kenmare Street facing: Zaccaro Real Estate, J. Eis and Son and two more that are too faded to read now one says “Home Laundry.”

As Walter Grutchfield explains, the P. Zaccaro in the ad was Philip Zaccaro, who ran several agencies in the area his son, John Zaccaro, is the husband of the late Democratic Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro, who ran for Vice-President in 1984 and for the US Senate twice. John Zaccaro succeeded his father in the real estate business “[i]n January 1985, Zaccaro pled guilty to fraudulently obtaining bank financing in a real estate transaction and was fined $1,000 and was sentenced to 150 hours of community service.” -wikipedia.

J(acob) Eis and Son(s) are a hardware business still at the 105 1st Avenue location shown on the ad. The business became J. Eis and Sons in 1948, so this sign was inscribed here before that year.

Parking garage, SE corner of Kenmare and Elizabeth. The Williamsburg Bridge is a few blocks east of here, and parking garages are always found in the vicinity of bridges and tunnels. The grand art of architetcure has yet to produce an attractive parking garage.

As far as I’m concerned the boundary between Chinatown and SoHo is midblock between Kenmare and Spring, at least on Elizabeth, where the street trees begin. Going east to west, the line may zigzag around a bit.

The NE corner building at Elizabeth and Spring, nicknamed the Candle Building, has only been recently saved from a death grip of graffiti and bad street art. Jim Naureckas in Songlines: This 1888 carriage house and stable was for 30 years the home of John Simpson, an IBM employee who filled the building with Rube Goldberg-like contraptions and burned candles– surplus from the 1964 Worlds Fair–in the windows.

It’s also here that the shingles begin. Carved, painted and lettered shingle signs that hang over the sidewalk are becoming popular in the neighborhoods where the hip people go, and I tend to shuffle furtively around the edges, such as SoHo, the Willieburg, and even Red Hook. The nearest one advertises the New York Shaving Company, where you can get a $50 haircut. I still get mine hacked off for $15 by an Italian guy in Little Neck.

The Elizabeth Street Gallery, open to the public in a parklike setting, contains a variety of ornamental stonework, some of it depicting mythological figures such as the Sphinx, a lion with the head and breasts of a woman. If a traveler happened upon the Sphinx, she would present him with a riddle:

What goes on four legs in the morning, on two legs at noon, and on three legs in the evening?

The Sphinx devoured all who couldn’t guess the riddle until Oedipus correctly answered it:

A man, who crawls on all fours as a baby, walks on two legs as an adult, and walks with a cane in old age.

Whereupon the shamed Sphinx killed herself.

There are also complete lions in the gallery, as well as complete women.

The sculptor had a griffin in mind, but “actual” griffins were said to be lions with the heads and wings of eagles, with a goat head growing out of the back, and a snake for a tail.

Some stray frisbees and footballs detract from the Greek-ruins atmosphere in the Gallery.

This sculpture likely depicts Hebe (pronounced AY-bay), a young woman who served as a cupbearer, or servant, to the gods of Mount Olympus. She married Heracles, or Hercules as the Romans called him.

The Gallery, an unofficial park, makes for a nice oasis in summer.

As is well-known, the bad boys get the hottest women.

At 209 Elizabeth, we find the first of a few older signs that have been preserved long after their old owners have moved out. The G. La Rosa & Son Bread Company is now Holland & Sherry Bespoke, which purveys home decor, bed and bath, tableware and linens and seasonal clothing, all pricey. It is an American branch of a Savile Row, London textiles firm in business for over 180 years.

Six-story apartment building at Prince and Elizabeth northwest corner, with some mighty corbelling at the roofline.

In a quintessential SoHovian scene, a stylish young woman crosses the street at Quality Mending Company, which sells vintage clothing and jewelry.

The Elizabeth Street side contains one of the last projects by artist Arturo Vega, whose work was most closely associated with The Ramones:

By 1976, when the band released its first album, titled simply “Ramones,” Mr. Vega had largely set aside his fine-art ambitions and applied his design skills to all things Ramone. From 1974 to 1996, when the band broke up, he attended all but two of its more than 2,200 live shows. In the early years he would sell T-shirts before the concert, direct the lighting during the show, then dash back to his T-shirt display as the last song was playing to sell to people leaving. “They sold more T-shirts than records,” said Danny Fields, the band’s early manager, “and probably they sold more T-shirts than tickets.” NY Times

Café Habana (Havana Cafe) at Elizabeth and Prince, one of SoHo’s most popular restaurants, replaced Bella’s Luncheonette, whose old sign is still faintly visible on the corner. Naureckas:

A reader notes: “It used to be a diner we dubbed the ‘rat cafe’ because — in its previous incarnation — the moment it closed at night rats the size of Rottweilers would take the place over, slithering around the counters, licking the donuts under the glass covers. Eventually Japanese tourists caught on and it became a gruesomely fascinating must-see.”

Metal Pointu’s (French for “edgy metal”) is a purveyor of metal artwork and jewelry. It’s flanked by two unusual lampposts whose origin is unknown, to me at least.

Aesop, its only sign a small shingle over the sidewalk, is a skincare emporium that also has a branch in London’s SoHo. Your webmaster can afford Irish Spring, but that’s about it.

More and more, SoHo becomes a surreal world…

“Since 2000, Kate Keller and Phyllis Stigliano, principals of Moe’s Meat Market, a gallery, located in Nolita, 237 Elizabeth Street, New York City, organize exhibitions that feature the work of Robert Kobayashi.
They come with many years of museum and curatorial experience.”

On a recent day, leaning in the doorframe of his building at 237 Elizabeth Street in NoLita and wearing a paint-splattered sweater, Mr. Kobayashi, 84, looked more like a teenager. “I don’t talk much, man,” he warned.

Over the years, the building he bought for $35,000 in 1977 has attracted as much interest as the reticent artist who occupied it. Passers-by have long stopped to peer at the building’s mysterious dollhouse-sized door, fit for a New Yorker of Stuart Little’s stature. NY Times

I’m “officially” in NoLita, or North Little Italy, which is essentially the east side of SoHo, or South of Houston Street. I dislike the acronyms, but I’m a crank in my fifties.

Now, Albanese Meats is an actual butcher shop, albeit one immortalized by Martin Scorsese, who used owner Moe Albanese in an American Express ad. I suspect when the galley across the street was really Moe’s Meat Market it was owned by Moe Albanese. Here’s a short film made by a family member:

243-245 Elizabeth and the galleries and shops on street level. Scorsese lived on this block in 1950, when he was 8 years old.

Street art. The sign on the left refers to 2013’s Boston Marathon bombing, expressing solidarity with the Massachusetts cousins. Doctor Doom, seemingly expressing disapproval, is at left.

At 267 is a popular taqueria, Tacombi, in what looks like a former garage. Food is served from a Volkswagen bug wagon inside.

Next door, with another vintage-look shingle sign, is The Musket Room I correctly suspected it wasn’t a gun dealer. It’s a restaurant featuring New Zealand cuisine.

The trendier neighborhoods of Manhattan have always left me feeling like an outsider studying the area like Livingstone in Africa. I always feel out of place. For lunch, I feel more at home in diners and corner pizzerias. I walk these streets but will never be at home, really.

Area ID, 262 Elizabeth. In the apartment of our dreams, there are rooms filled with velvet-upholstered club chairs, Hesterberg Propeller tables and gently used zebra rugs. And everything costs, like, $50 or less. Back here in reality, it takes serious moolah to furnish a place with age-old brand names. Still, this shop is packed with retro-repro finery and inspirational ideas for the midcentury-modern palate. Highlights include a swan-shaped brass magazine stand ($850), unique handblown-glass table lamp ($950) and Mongolian pillows ($200 each). Time Out NY

Why does this stuff cost so much?

Crossing Houston Street, one block of Elizabeth before it ends at Bleecker, is officially in NoHo, or North of Houston Street…

The Parisi Bakery has been in business since 1903, with the original Mott Street location now a deli run by the same family.

Flour, water, yeast, and salt. Back in 1903, a Neapolitan immigrant named Joe Parisi opened the Parisi Bakery at 198 Mott Street in Little Italy. The residents of that stretch of Mott were almost all from the Naples area, and Joe baked for them the kind of loaves that they knew from the old country. The basic dough was just flour, water, yeast, and salt. From that, Joe fashioned a variety of dense and chewy white breads with good crusts—rolls, long loaves that looked like puffy baguettes, round breads, lard bread, biscuits, and special Easter breads. Whenever Frank Sinatra was in town, he would send one of his daughters down in a limo to pick up four loaves.

In 1968, Joe handed the bakery over to his son Bob, who bought a larger bakery space at 290 Elizabeth Street nearby and kept the Mott Street address open as a deli. Serious Eats

300 Elizabeth is a Federal-style townhouse built in 1829, with vintage window shutters.

Elizabeth Street ends in another T-shaped intersection at Bleecker Street. The building on the right, #9, was home to the Youth International Party, a.k.a. the Yippies, an anarchist group headed by Abbie Hoffman for many years.

In 1893, even the factories were done attractively, such as this one at #10 Bleecker, SE corner of Elizabeth. It was formerly a recording space used by 1980s and 1990s favorites like the Bad Brains and dB’s.


Alexander Hamilton was captivated by the young Elizabeth Schuyler

Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton was, by many accounts, a striking young woman. Alexander Hamilton, young aide to George Washington, certainly seemed to think so, if his besotted letters to Elizabeth are any indication. In one, included in the biography Alexander Hamilton, he told her younger sister Peggy that Elizabeth was "most unmercifully handsome . she possesses all the beauties, virtues, and graces of her sex without any of those amiable defects which are esteemed by connoisseurs necessary shades in the character of a fine woman." Elizabeth was, apparently, not like other girls.

Though Alexander Hamilton was very taken by Elizabeth's good nature and sensible manner, he was also quite taken by her looks. According to PBS, he did admit to a friend that she wasn't the most beautiful woman in the world, but that she did have captivating dark eyes. "I meet you in every dream," he once wrote to her, in words that could make many a modern woman swoon, too. It definitely worked for Elizabeth, who took part in a whirlwind courtship that culminated in her Dec. 14, 1780, marriage to Alexander at the Schuyler mansion.


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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton was the first native born American to be canonized by the Catholic Church.

Born two years before the American Revolution, Elizabeth grew up in the upper class of New York society. She was a prolific reader, and read everything from the Bible to contemporary novels.

In spite of her high society background, Elizabeth's early life was quiet, simple, and often lonely. As she grew a little older, the Bible was to become her continual instruction, support and comfort -and she would continue to love the Scriptures for the rest of her life.

In 1794, Elizabeth married the wealthy young William Seton, with whom she was deeply in love. The first years of their marriage were happy and prosperous. Elizabeth wrote in her diary at first autumn, "My own home at twenty-the world-that and heaven too-quite impossible."

This time of Elizabeth's life was to be a brief moment of earthly happiness before the many deaths and partings she was to suffer. Within four years, William's father died, leaving the young couple in charge of William's seven half brothers and sisters, as well as the family's importing business.

Events moved quickly from there with devastating effect. Both William's business and health failed. He was finally forced to file a petition of bankruptcy and, in a final attempt to save William's health, the Setons sailed for Italy, where William had business friends.

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Unfortunately, William died of tuberculosis while in Italy. Elizabeth's one consolation was that he had recently awakened to the things of God.

The many enforced separations from dear ones by death and distance served to draw Elizabeth's heart to God and eternity. The accepting and embracing of God's will - "The Will," as she called it - would be a keynote in her spiritual life.

Elizabeth's deep concern for the spiritual welfare of her family and friends eventually led her into the Catholic Church.

In Italy, Elizabeth captivated everyone by her kindness, patience, good sense, wit, and courtesy. During this time Elizabeth became interested in the Catholic Faith and, over a period of months, her Italian friends guided her in Catholic instruction.

Elizabeth's desire for the Bread of Life was to be a strong force leading her to the Catholic Church.

Having lost her mother at an early age, Elizabeth felt great comfort in the idea that the Blessed Virgin was truly her mother. She asked the Blessed Virgin to guide her to the True Faith and officially joined the Catholic Church in 1805.

At the suggestion of the president of St. Mary's College in Baltimore, Maryland, Elizabeth started a school in that city. The school had originally been secular but once news of her entrance to Catholicism spread, several girls were removed from her school. It was then Seton, and two other young women who helped her in her work, began plans for a Sisterhood. They established the first free Catholic school in America. When the young community adopted their rule, they made provisions for Elizabeth to continue raising her children.

On March 25, 1809, Elizabeth Seton pronounced her vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, binding for one year. From that time she was called Mother Seton.

Although Mother Seton became afflicted with tuberculosis, she continued to guide her children. The Rule of the Sisterhood was formally ratified in 1812. It was based upon the Rule St. Vincent de Paul had written for his Daughters of Charity in France. By 1818, in addition to their first school, the sisters had established two orphanages and another school. Today, six groups of sisters can trace their origins to Mother Seton's initial foundation.

Seton's favorite prayer was the 23rd Psalm and she developed a deep devotion to the Eucharist, Sacred Scripture, and the Virgin Mary.

For the last three years of her life, Elizabeth felt that God was getting ready to call her, and this gave her great joy. Mother Seton died in 1821 at the age of 46, only sixteen years after becoming a Catholic. She was beatified by Pope John XXIII on March 17, 1963 and was canonized on September 14, 1975 by Pope Paul VI.

A wonderful prayer in Saint Elizabeth's name is:
Lord God, you blessed Elizabeth Seton with gifts of grace as wife and mother, educator and foundress, so that she might spend her life in service to your people. Through her example and prayers may we learn to express our love for you in love for our fellow men and women. We ask this through Christ our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Local Catholic Church and Family History & Genealogical Research Guide

Research of Catholic New York

The geographic area of New York is in the ecclesiastical province of New York which includes the Archdiocese of New York (New York) and Dioceses of Albany, Brooklyn, Buffalo, Ogdensburg, Rochester, Rockville Centre and Syracuse (New York).  A portion of Suffolk County (Fishers Island) is within the Diocese of Norwich, Connecticut.  See Map
The Armenian-Rite apostolic exarchate for the U.S. and Canada is also located in New York.

 For Fishers Island, Suffolk County, NY
see: Diocese of Norwich, Connecticut
(not shown on map)

Notes

New York Roman Catholic Dioceses and Counties They Encompass

This is a list of the New York Roman Catholic Dioceses, and the counties which are approximately encompassed by each diocese.  The actual civil county boundaries may not completely correlate with the diocesan boundaries, and there may be variations especially near to bordering areas.  When you find the diocese which encompasses your area of interest, visit the link to that diocese to learn more about that area.

The Archdiocese of New York encompasses the civil New York counties of Bronx, Dutchess, Manhattan, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Staten Island (Richmond), Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester.

The Diocese of Albany encompasses the civil New York counties of: Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Fulton, Greene, Herkimer (southern portion), Montgomery, Otsego, Renssalaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington.

The Diocese of Brooklyn serves the areas of Brooklyn (Kings County) and Queens.  The Diocese of Brooklyn originally encompassed all of Long Island, until 1957, when when the counties of Nassau and Suffolk, in the eastern portion of Long Island, were formed into the Diocese of Rockville Centre (NY).

The Diocese of Buffalo encompasses the western New York counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming.

The Diocese of Ogdensburg encompasses the northeastern New York counties of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Herkimer (northern portion), Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence.

The Diocese of Rochester encompasses the counties of Cayuga, Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates.

The Diocese of Rockville Centre encompasses the eastern portion of Long Island, which includes the NY Counties of Nassau and Suffolk. 

The Diocese of Syracuse encompasses the central New York of Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego.

Archdiocese of New York

Archdiocese of New York  (New York)  [est. 1808, Archdiocese 1850] - or  Archdiocese of New York
       Chancery:  1011 First Ave. - New York, NY  10022  Phone:  (212) 371-1000.
The Archdiocese of New York encompasses the civil New York counties of Bronx, Dutchess, Manhattan, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Staten Island (Richmond), Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester.
The Archdiocese of New York reports of Catholic RECORDS: ". There is no central filing system in the Archdiocese of New York. Each individual parish keeps records of baptism, first communions, confirmations, marriages and funerals. "   To receive a listing of the parishes in the area in which a relative was baptized, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope with your request to Chancery Office.

Child-Caring Homes within the Archdiocese of New York in 1927, as reported in:  The Official Catholic Directory: 1927, New York : P. J. Kenedy & Sons, 1927.
Catholic Charities - Archdiocese of New York

CNY Feature Stories, examples:
Hispanic Catholics: Preservation of faith, culture, history urged as gifts to Church and society - by Claudia McDonnell.
Century of Caring:- Catholic Home Bureau celebrates 100th anniversary - by Mary Ann Poust, ". When the Catholic Home Bureau was founded 100 years ago it had a simple and straightforward goal--providing good Catholic homes for the countless numbers of orphaned or abandoned children. "
A Rich Past, by Claudia McDonnell (May 14, 1998) - ". The irreplaceable documents and artifacts that trace the nearly 200-year history of the archdiocese will have a new home. on the grounds of St. Joseph's Seminary in Dunwoodie. "
The Sin of Racism - Excerpts from the U.S. bishops' Pastoral Letter on Racism in Our Day (Nov. 14, 1979).  ". The contribution of each racial minority is distinctive and rich each is a source of internal strength for our nation. Worldwide, the Church today is not just European and American it is also African, Asian, Indian, and Oceanic. It is western, eastern, northern and southern, black and also brown, white and also red and yellow. " 

The following are among the parishes in the Archdiocese of New York  (This is not a complete listing.  See the Archdiocese of New York: Parish Directory  for more.)

See theArchdiocese of New York: Parish Directory for additional parishes within this archdiocese.

Child Caring Homes Within the Archdiocese of New York in 1927

 Source:  The Official Catholic Directory: 1927, New York : P. J. Kenedy & Sons, 1927.
Roman Catholic Orphan Asylum,
   24 East 52nd Street
   Cares for orphans and half orphans n children's institutions or homes of relatives.
Catholic Institute for the Blind,
   222nd Street and Eastchester Road, Bronx
   School and Home for blind children.  Capacity: 23 Boys, 19 Girls. 
   7 Sisters of St. Dominic.  Sister M. Cornelia, Supr.
Dominican Convent of Our Lady of the Rosary,
   329 E. 63rd Street, New York City, NY
   Home for dependent girls.  Capacity: 243. 
   30 Sisters of St. Dominic.  Mother M. Veronica, Supr.
McMahon Memorial Temporary Shelter for Children,
   217 E. 57th Street, New York City, NY
   Capacity: 35. 
   Miss Florence Kennedy, Supt.
Mission of the Immaculate Virgin for the Protection of Homeless and Destitute Children in the City of New York,
   382 Lafayette Street, New York City, NY and Mount Loretto, Staten Island.
   1--St. Joseph's Home for Boys Sister M. Lucilla, Supr.
   2--St. Elizabeth's Home for Girls Sister M. Vincent, Supr.
   3--St. Joseph's Asylum for Blind Girls Sister M. Liguori, Supr.
   Total Capacity:  Boys, 980 Girls, 450. 
   83 Sisters of St. Francis.
   Very Rev. Msgr. Mallick J. Fitzpatrick, Director Revs. A. M. Pellieux, John J. Shanahan, B. J. Reilly, Chaplains.
The New York Catholic Protectory,
   Office:  415 Broome Street, New York City, NY  Boys' Department, 1900 E. Temont Avenue.
   Capacity: 1000. 
   40 Brothers of the Christian Schools. 
   Brother Alban, Director, Revs. Patrick P. McAleer and Michael P. O'Shea, Chaplains.
Holy Angles' School,
   1495 Unionport Road, Westchester
   Capacity:  Girls and Little Boys, 900. 
   43 Sisters of Charity.  Sister M. Charita, Sister-servant.
House of the Holy Family,
   136 2nd Avenue, New York City, NY
   (Association for Befriending Children and Young Girls).  Foryoung girls who are in danger from evil association.
   Capacity: 70. 
   7 Sisters of Divine compassion.  Sister Mary Ignatius, Supr.
St. Elizabeth's Industrial School of the City of New York,
   222 E. 12th Street, New York City, NY
   Trade school for poor girls.  Capacity: 243. 
   Miss Mary Kennedy, Supt.  Branch House, 236 E. 15th Street.
St. Joseph's Institute for the Improved Instruction of Deaf Mutes,
   Eastern Boulevard and E. 177th Street, New York City, NY
   Capacity: 200 Girls 235 Boys. 
   Hannah Miller, Supt. Boys' Dept. Juanita I. O'Hara, Supt. Girl' Dept.
St. Michael's Home for Destitute Children,
   Mt. St. Michael, Green Ridge, Staten Island
   Capacity:  Boys, 200 Girls, 200. 
   37 Presentation Nuns.  Mother M. Alphonsus, Supr. Rev. Richard O'Sullivan, Chaplain.
BLAUVELT, Rockland County, NY
Asylum of the Sisters of St. Dominic,
   Capacity:  Boys, 325 Girls, 255. 
   73 Sisters of St. Dominic.  Mother M. Joseph, Prioress.
The Asylum of the Sisters of St. Dominic is in District 221, Orangetown Twp., in the 1920 Census.
DOBBS FERRY, Westchester County, NY
Sacred Heart School, Orphanage for girls.
   Capacity:  180. 
   25 Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart.  Mother Gesulina Bedogne, Supr.
   Reception House. 190th Street and Fort Washington Avenue, New York City.
   Rev. Michael Paris, Chaplain.  Res., 141 Broadway.
LINCOLNDALE, Westchester County, NY
Lincoln Agricultural School, Branch of New York Catholic Protectory.
   Office, 415 Broome Street, New York City
   Capacity:  215 Boys. 
   11 Brothers of the Christian Schools.  Brother Patrick, Supr.  Rev. M. J. A. Coutlee, Chaplain.
NANUET, Rockland County, NY
The St. Agatha Home for Children,
   Capacity:  454 Boys 346 Girls. 
   40 Sisters of Charity.  Sister M. Thomasina, Sister-servant.
PEEKSKILL, Westchester County, NY
St. Joseph's Home for Children,
   250 South Street
   Capacity:  486 Boys 361 Girls. 
   108 Missionary Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis.  Sister M. Celestine, Supr.
PORT JERVIS, Orange County, NY
St. Mary's Orphan Asylum,
   56 Ball Street
   Capacity:  65 Boys 55 Girls. 
   7 Sisters of Charity.  Sister Rose Alacoque, Sister-servant.
RYE, Westchester County, NY
St. Benedict's Home for Destitute Colored Children inthe City of New York,
   (Branch of the M. I. V.)
   Very Rev. Msgr. Mallick J. Fitzpatrick, Director 381 Lafayette Street, New York City.
   Capacity:  67 Boys 85 Girls. 
   15 Sisters of St. Francis.  Sister M. Regina, Supr.  Very Rev. Msgr. Wm. G. Murphy, Chaplain.
SPARKILL, Rockland County, NY
St. Agnes Convent, Branch of Dominican Convent of Our Lady of the Rosary
   Capacity:  633 Boys 72 Girls. 
   67 Sisters of St. Dominc.  Mother M. Benigna, Supr.  Rev. Hugh J. McManus, O. P., Chaplain.
TARRYTOWN, Westchester County, NY
St. Vincent de Paul Institute (St. Vincent de Paul),
   261 S. B'way.
   Capacity:  Boys, 62 Girls, 93. 
   18 Sisters of Marianites of the HOly Cross.  Sister Mary of St. Matthew, Supr. Rev. Mathurin Jouet, S. P.M., Chaplain.
WEST PARK, Ulster County, NY
Sacred Heart Orphan Asylum,
   Capacity:  195 Girls. 
   24 Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart.  Mother Aurelia Marzagalli, Supr.
   Reception House, 190th Street and Fort Washington Avenue, New York City.

Diocese of Albany, New York

Diocese of Albany  (New York)   [est. 1847]
   Chancery Offices:  40 N. Main Ave. - Albany, NY  12203.
   The Diocese of Albany presently encompasses the eastern New York counties of: Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Fulton, Greene, Herkimer (portion), Montgomery, Otsego, Renssalaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington.

Parish Directory and Diocese of Albany Map
A Brief History of the Diocese of Albany:  ". the history of Catholicism in the region begins far earlier than the official creation of the Diocese on April 23, 1847. "
Albany Diocesan Offices: Phone Directory
Albany Diocesan Organizations
Diocesan Cemeteries Office:
    48 Cemetery Ave. - Menands, NY 12204   Phone:  (518) 432-4953.

Diocese of Albany Parishes, arranged by county, follow below, and web sites are linked when known. (Note: This may not be a complete listing.  For further information see   Parish Directory and Diocese of Albany Map)

ALBANY COUNTY, NY PARISHES : includes communites of Albany, Altamont, Berne, Castleton-On-Hudson, Cohoes, Loudenville).


COLUMBIA COUNTY, NY PARISHES : includes communities of Chatham, Copake Falls, Hudson, Stuyvesamt

  • St. Peter Parish [ est. 1850] -و Franklin Street - Delhi, NY 13753  Phone: 607-746-2503.
  • St. Paul the Apostle Parish [est. 1888] -  346 Main Street - Hancock, NY 13783  Phone: 607-637-2571.
  • Sacred Heart Parish [est. 1920] - 38 Academy Street - Margaretville, NY 12455  Phone: 845-586-1546.   Mission:  St. Ann's, Andes.
  • Sacred Heart Parish [est. 1921] -㺏 Liberty Street - Sidney, NY 13753  Phone: 607-563-1591.
  • Sacred Heart Parish [est. 1890] -㺛 Harper Street - Stamford, NY 12167  Phone: 607-652-7170.   Mission:  St. PHillip Neri, Grand Gorge.
  • St. John the Baptist Parish [est. 1912] -㺙 Benton Street - Walton, NY 13856  Phone: 607-865-7394.   Mission:  Holy Family, Downsville.

FULTON COUNTY, NY PARISHES : includes community of Broadalbin  


GREENE COUNTY, NY PARISHES : includes communities of Athens, Cairo, Catskill, Coxsackie, East Durham, Leeds

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, NY PARISHES : includes communities of Amsterdam, Canajoharie


OTSEGO COUNTY, NY PARISHES : includes communities of Cherry Valley, Cooperstown


RENSSALAER COUNTY, NY PARISHES : includes communties of Averille Park, Berlin, Clinton Heights, Nassau, Renssalaer, Troy

SARATOGA COUNTY, NY PARISHES : includes communites of Ballston Lake, Ballston Spa, Clifton Park, Corinth, Cresent, Galway

SCHENECTADY COUNTY, NY PARISHES : includes community of Delanson, Glenville, Rotterdam, Schenectady

SCHOHARIE COUNTY, NY PARISHES : includes community of Cobleskill

WARREN COUNTY, NY PARISHES : includes communities of Bolton Landing, Chestertown, Glens Falls, Hague, Warrensburg 


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