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Middle Collegiate Church

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Progressive and inclusive Lower East Side church

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Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : East Village
Institution, Social Movements, Place of Worship

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Organized in 1628, Middle Collegiate Church is the oldest and one of the most continuously-active congregations of the Collegiate Churches of New York. In 1729, what was then known as the Middle Dutch Church established its first home on Nassau Street. The congregation subsequently moved north, initially to Lafayette and Fourth Streets, and finally to its present Second Avenue and 7th Street location, where in 1892 it erected a Gothic Revival edifice to designs by architect Samuel B. Reed. The building is constructed entirely of limestone, and is surmounted by a 130-foot spire. Its original interior included reading rooms and a gymnasium. The structure has been updated and renovated several times over the last 128 years, and boasts several stunning historic Tiffany windows as well as a Tiffany glass skylight dome.

The belfry of Middle Collegiate Church houses the New York Liberty Bell, which was cast in Amsterdam in 1729,...

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Anonymous Nominator

I attended the moving and powerful July 2019 protests calling for the closure of the detention camps that are degrading immigrants’ dignity, separating families, and destroying lives. Middle Church is a beacon of hope and love, and a leader in many social justice battles. 

(added July 2019)

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