WHAT’S UP(TOWN) – Mount Morris Park Churches Edition
By: Adrian Thompkins & Shebrelle Hunter-Green who just moved to our Upper West Side Office
Welcome to the latest What’s Uptown blog post about neighborhood happenings this week.
This week, we continue our architectural tour of Mount Morris Park with a look at the many churches in this part of Harlem. Located at 15 Mount Morris Park West is our first, Harlem Presbyterian. It was built in 1905, by architect Thomas H. Poole. It was then called Mount Morris Presbyterian Church. In 1915, it was renamed Harlem-New York Presbyterian Church, as the result of a merger. Finally, it was called the Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian church. No matter its name, this Romanesque structure is a beauty worth seeing.
Saint Martin’s Episcopal Church was originally The Church of the Holy Trinity in 1869. Now located at Lenox Avenue and West 122nd Street, this church was been rebuilt several times, most notably in 1939 after a fire destroyed everything but the stone walls. It was successfully rebuilt and later became, according to the Landmarks Preservation Committee as “undoubtedly the handsomest example of Romanesque Revival architectural style in all of Manhattan.” It also house the second largest carillon, visited in 1952 and 1954 by the Netherlands’s Queen Juliana and Englands Queen Elizabeth, in the world. (Second to Riverside Church).
Just across the street from Saint Martin’s Episcopal church is Mount Olivet Baptist Church, which was originally Temple Israel. Completed in 1907, it was later acquired, in 1924 by the Mount Olivet congregation, in existence since 1878. Designed by Arnold W. Brunner, who studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, the building, while it maintains the spirit of Beaux-Arts, is very much an American answer to Neo-classical architecture.
What: Harlem Easter Egg Hunt. A free event for children ages 1- 7, with a special appearance and photo op by and with the Easter Bunny. Click here to register online in advance.
When: April 19th 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Where: My Gym, 258 Saint Nicholas Avenue, Harlem, NY
What: Harlem Shake will be partnering with Susie Q, a local celebrity fitness trainer and clothing designer, to offer guests an afternoon of line dancing, an Easter egg hunt, plus prizes and good food. Harlem Shake will be serving two Easter themed milkshakes on Easter Sunday.
When: April 20th, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: 120 West 124th Street, New York, NY 10027
What: The Great Vigil of Easter & Holy Eucharist. Click here to learn more about how the congregation will join the clergy to ring in the first moments of Easter.
When: April 19th, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street, New York, NY 10025
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Thoughts of What’s Up (Town) are those of Adrian Thompkins and Shebrelle Hunter-Greene and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC