I wrote this blog over a year ago. I mentioned an almost hidden church, today, I came across an article in
about the Norwegian Seamen’s Church, it is very well done. I thought you might enjoy it.
Tucked in Midtown with a facade of stained glass windows is a church founded for Swedish seamen that has a cozy secret: a hidden coffee shop… Read the article here
My original article begins here
Here is a look into a neighborhood a bit off the grid of tourist areas. I selected an area bounded by east 54th street, east 52nd Street, and Sutton Place and 3rd avenue. Some people call this part of Turtle Bay. The area has very little to offer but I found a few interesting places of interest.
I found myself looking through the locked doors of the Norwegian Seamen’s Church and wondering how to get inside, just then a passing mailman that just yelled to me to press the two white buttons, magically, the door clicked open. (I love going into interesting buildings)
A smiling young man greeted me and allowed me to come inside for a visit. The church is a part of Norwegian Church Abroad. Along with being a church it also holds an assortment of events and art exhibitions. There’s a small store and cafe inside the church that offers coffee, waffles, and a few Nordic packaged goods. The store had a few friendly people having a coffee away from the bustle of midtown. There is a Gallery located downstairs from the “church” and has a nice collection of Scandinavian art. Upstairs there is a small library/reading room with a fairly impressive collection of books in Norwegian.
The New York City Bath House Building – a very impressive building, on east 54th.
The center’s original purpose was to provide sanitary facilities for the city’s working classes and much of its original character and history remain. The basketball court and jogging track are connected by two wrought ironwork spiral staircases, The vaulted ceiling in the gymnasium and the lobby are indicative of the architecture of the time. Marble walls in the locker rooms hearken back to the original marble baths. (Not allowed to photograph swimming pools)
What you find off the beaten path are often small ethnic restaurants.
Extra things I found along the walk.