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  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

    One of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine's peacocks

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

    One of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine's peacocks

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

    One of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine's peacocks

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

    One of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine's peacocks

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

    One of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine's peacocks

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

    One of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine's peacocks

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

    One of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine's peacocks

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

    One of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine's peacocks

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

    One of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine's peacocks

  • Photograph: Beth Levendis

    One of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine's peacocks

Photograph: Beth Levendis

One of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine's peacocks

Harry, Jim and Phil
The tradition of peacocks living at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine began in 1973, when the Bronx Zoo gifted the church its first birds. The current trio has called the holy house home since 2002. "Harry likes to prance in front of the Cathedral School," says Tenzin Dharlo, the church's marketing coordinator. "And some people think [Phil] is albino, but he is in fact a white peacock," she adds. Keep an eye out for the birds in the Peacock Hutch and the Pulpit Green. The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave at 110th St (212-316-7540, stjohnthedivine.org)
Their tip:
If it's molting season (which it is now), lucky visitors can often walk away with a beautiful long blue or white tail feather.

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Nate
Nate

Bring back Izzy!!!

Murray Fisher
Murray Fisher

After you've seen Molly the cat, head over to The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, a small public high school located on Governors Island with a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum that uses New York City's waterways to instill stewardship skills. Student-led tours are on the hour every hour Friday and Saturday.