Lower East Side – St Mark’s Church
St. Mark’s-in-the-Bowery is the oldest site of continuous worship in New York City and the second oldest church in Manhattan. Not only is the St. Mark’s campus a beautiful collection of buildings and burial grounds, its unique and interesting history is quintessential New York. The St. Mark’s Church and its yards are just a few reminders of the once vast “bouwerie,” or Dutch plantation, which Peter Stuyvesant, governor of New Amsterdam purchased in 1651 from the Dutch West India Company. When Stuyvesant died in 1672, his body was interred in a vault under the family chapel he’d had built in 1660.
St. Mark’s it at the center of very active arts and civic programs. Also, the neighborhood is home to a vibrant and mixed community of New Yorkers.
The following shown some of the grounds next to the church.