Church of Saint Vincent Ferrer, New York City

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The Church of St. Vincent Ferrer is a Roman Catholic parish on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City. It was built in 1918 by the Dominicans; the attached priory serves as the headquarters of the Eastern United States Province of the order. Its architecture has some unusual features: above the front entrance is one of the few statues of the Crucifixion on the exterior of an American Catholic church; and inside, the Stations of the Cross depict Christ with oil paintings instead of statuary or carvings. It has two Schantz pipe organs. The church building, at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 66th Street in the Lenox Hill section of the Upper East Side, has been called "one of New York's greatest architectural adornments."
The church is under the patronage of Saint Vincent Ferrer, a Dominican preacher from Valencia, capital from the ancient Kingdom of Valencia in Spain. It was designated a New York City landmark in 1967. Seventeen years later, in 1984, the church and priory, designed in 1881 by William Schickel, were listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Andy Warhol regularly attended Mass at the church.
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  • Walking on Lexington Avenue, this Neo-Gothic Marvel surprises you and is a glimpse of the hidden gems that New York has in its urban crypt for the traveler  more »
  • I stumbled upon this church while walking down the street looking for a place to get coffee. Trust me, it's a "do not miss." Just like the Notre Dame in Paris, this church is awe-inspiring, soulful...  more »
  • Beautiful church. I don’t get why in a multicultural city like New York with so many visitors, in general, preaches are so fundamentalists, instead of embracing the most valuable thing in our religion, the language that we all understand, that is Love and respect to human Being. In my opinion, less focus on laws and commandments and more focus in love and mercy will make us feel more warmhearted and fulfilled with hope after mass.
  • Stunning architecture, world-class music ministry, reverent liturgy, thoughtful preaching, and a welcoming community. The confessors here are excellent listeners and I have always found their advice incredibly helpful.

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