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Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
Stephen AvianoCathedral Church of St. John the Divine

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4 out of 5 stars

The delay-addled construction on "Saint John the Unfinished" began in 1892 in Romanesque style, was put on hold for a Gothic Revival redesign in 1911, then ground to a halt in 1941, when the U.S. entered World War II. It resumed in earnest in 1979, but a fire in 2001 destroyed the church’s gift shop and damaged two 17th-century Italian tapestries, which has delayed completion further. In addition to Sunday services, the cathedral hosts concerts and tours. It bills itself as a place for all people—and it means it. Annual events include both winter and summer solstice celebrations; the Blessing of the Animals during the Feast of Saint Francis, which draws pets and their people from all over the city; and, would you believe it, the Blessing of the Bikes, which kicks off the bicycle season each spring.


1047 Amsterdam Ave
New York
Cross street:
at 112th St
Subway: 1 to 110th St–Cathedral Pkwy
Opening hours:
Mon–Sat 7am–6pm, Sun 7am–7pm
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Halloween Extravaganza and Procession of the Ghouls

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Take in a screening of the classic silent film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, accompanied by creepy tunes played on the cathedral’s great organ byTimothy Brumfield. The nightmare’s not over once the credits roll—the movie is followed by Ralph Lee and the Mettawee River Theatre Company’s annual Procession of the Ghouls, in which demons and witches infiltrate the church in a ghostly parade down the aisles, stopping to stare and interact with audience members. The Cathedral’s famous Crypt Crawls into the rarely-seen depths of the spectacular Gothic building, will also return both in person and online for 2021, with tours planned for Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30. Also on Saturday, the Cathedral will partner with the West 111th Street Block Association to host trick or treating and children’s activities outside on the Cathedral grounds.

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