Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Washington Square

by Jonathan Zeller, Christina Parrella and Jonathan Durbin, 10/02/2013

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  • The Church of the Ascension
    36-38 Fifth Ave., 212-254-8620
    Consecrated on November 5, 1841, The Church of the Ascension is one of the City's foremost examples of Gothic Revival architecture. Designed by Richard Upjohn (the English-born architect also responsible for Trinity Church in the Financial District and Christ Church in Cobble Hill, among many others), the building was named a national historic landmark in 1987, and it's easy to see why: the graceful lines of the edifice and its artwork and stained glass all make for a serene place of worship. But the church hosts events beyond its Episcopalian services. In addition to organ recitals and classical concerts, the venue has hosted the likes of singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, whose performance in May 2012 was taped for a special that aired on PBS.

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