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A Soho church is opening its 200-year-old catacombs to the public on Sunday

Will Gleason
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Will Gleason

When you think about celebrating a birthday in New York, the first venue that comes to mind probably isn't a 19th century underground crypt. But this Sunday, you'll be able to do just that. (Sorry Berry Park! Maybe next year!)

Soho's Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral is celebrating its first 200 years of existence by throwing open the doors to its fascinating underground catacombs on Nov 22. Visitors to the creepy space will get the rare chance to see things like General Thomas Eckert's family tomb, original Thomas Edison bulbs and the burial plot of a Countess on hourly tours.

While you're at the church, you can also check out the grand unveiling of a $16 million basilica restoration that includes an 18th century classic Erben Organ, stained glass windows and an 1875 rose window. Looking pretty good for 200, Old St. Pat's!

Can't make it on Sunday? Check out photos of our haunting tour of the space in 2013 here.

Photograph: Nadia Chaudhury

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