Stanton and Clinton Streets on the Lower east side, a completely ordinary building for this neighborhood. Something about one of the terracotta decorations caught my eye. I didn’t know what it was, it seemed a bit ugly, but looking at it closely it seems horrifying.
I don’t know what the artist’s intentions were but to me it looks like a drowning baby trapped under the debris of a sinking ship about to be eaten by fishes. Your interpretations may vary.
I got to photograph the interior of the newly reopened St. Brigid’s Church on Avenue B.
The stained glass windows are especially striking. They all depict winged angels and saints.
These are the windows over the entrance on Avenue B.
The windows are beautifully done, and tasteful, there were no naked souls burning in purgatory like they had in my childhood church in Philadelphia. But the dull expression on their angel faces is a bit disturbing, they all looked bored, not even a sly smile on the musician angels.
Father Jomar Legaspi. I wish I hadn’t resorted to flash for the photo.
I didn’t notice them while I was there live, they are painted a color not to be obtrusive, but these cables stretching across the breadth of the church must be vital to keep the walls from going wide. The church was in danger of collapsing, before the renovation.
St. Brigid’s Church on Avenue B at 8th Street. The church is open again and fully renovated after almost being condemned for being structurally unsound. Today was the first public mass being said in the renovated church.
This is the first time I’ve seen the stained glass windows with light behind them.
The line to get in went way down 8th Street.
A party was being prepared in the basement.
EV Grieve has been covering the story of St. Brigid’s for a while.
At first I was fairly sure I could see the steel lattice that is the first part of tower, but it was hard viewing it through the construction lattice.
In this photo from a month ago you can see the base of the tower on the scaffold.
Now it is not visible at all from my tenement roof. I think I can make out the round holes in the scaffold erected to assemble the tower elements. So when the tower reaches high enough I should be able to see it below the holes. I need to check more often to see if I can capture the cranes in action, transporting sections of the tower.
A view of the architecture of East 10th Street between Avenues A and B, viewed from within Tompkins Square Park. It’s a view only possible in winter with leaves and flowers off the branches. It’s about an 180 degree panorama, the buildings on the left and the right are on the Avenues and facing each other.
A fire broke out in front of the Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church on East 3rd Street. When I first arrived I heard sirens nearby and assumed that help was on its way. But those trucks were arriving, responding to a call just one block south of the church.
Shortly afterwards another guy dragged a garden hose from across the street, and that brought it under control. The tree in front of the church got scorched but it should survive.