Thursday, June 12, 2008

St. Joseph's Church/PS 1 Panoramic Scene

A scene linking the intersection of Catherine and Monroe Street to Madison and Catherine Street (slightly NW ) on the Lower East Side

Background: St. Joseph’s Church at 5 Monroe Street was built in 1925 to serve the Italian population. Its parishioners are now 70% Chinese. In mid-August, it hosts the annual St. Rocco’s feast, once held at St. Joachim’s Church, where Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, the first U.S. citizen to be declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church, began her ministry in 1889. She established a network of hospitals and social services extending from New York to Chicago, Golden, Colorado, and Seattle. Despite protests by former parishioners including Jimmy Durante, the church was demolished in 1959 to build apartments. P.S.1 at Oliver and Henry streets, a school dating from 1806 attended by Eddie Cantor, Jimmy Durante, and Luther Vandross, among others.


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