New York City’s top tourist attractions are all clustered around Midtown’s world-famous sensational sights such as Times Square, Herald Square, the Empire State Building, and Rockefeller Center. However, Washington Heights’ less-dense uptown streets are rich in undiscovered diverse culture with an abundance of authentic Dominican, Ecuadorian, and Mexican eateries, street festivals, appetizing street cart vendors, art museums, and significant landmarks preserved from long-gone decades.
Washington Heights residents are devout to a diverse collection of religions, with the two most commonly practiced being Catholicism and Judaism. The largely immigrant community remains closely tied to their religious communities, which is evident in the numerous church congregations, youth groups, and religious schools found throughout the neighborhood. The Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church is a symbol of this devotion, standing tall amongst residential apartment buildings, built of eye-catching red bricks and an intricate design, and topped off with a cross placed gracefully at the peak. With a beautiful interior featuring glistening stained glass windows depicting scenes from the Bible, rustic wooden pews, a high ceiling, and ornamental columns, the church is a must-see for all tourists and locals hoping to catch a glimpse of Washington Heights’ religious and cultural history.
Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 510 W 165th St, New York, NY, USA, + 1 (212) 568-0091