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Historic Churches & Places of Worship

Churches are both religious and social centers, and the incredible diversity of New York is reflected in an incredible diversity of churches. Ed Koch once pointed out that “mass is said in 23 languages in this city.” Rudolph Giuliani explained it even better: “There have been many days in New York when I was running for mayor, and then since when I’ve been mayor, when I would have a weekend in which I would go to a mosque on Friday, a synagogue on Saturday, and a church— sometimes two churches—on a Sunday. And by the time I finished, I would say to myself, ‘I know that we’re getting through to God. We’re talking to Him in every language that He understands.’”