St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City – 1965

Here is a cool vintage photo of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City from 1965. While unlabeled other then New York City, I figured the church was unique enough that I could find it. And I did a few minutes later with help from this little blog post.

St. Patrick's Cathedral

Construction on St. Patrick’s Cathedral started in 1858 but was stopped during the American Civil War. Construction resumed at the end of the war in 1865, but was not finished for another thirteen years. It was slightly enlarged in 1927 and again in 1931. At this time the organ was installed. As of the time of this post, the church is in year two of a three year, $177 million dollar, restoration.

Grace Church, New York City – 1965

The Grace Church in New York City is a French Gothic Revival style building. It is built with “Sing Sing Marble,” a type of stone from quarries along the Hudson River near the (in)famous Sing Sing Prison. The stone was quarried with what was essentially slave labor, as prisoners were frequently conscripted to bring in money to the Prison, and the State.

The cornerstone of the building was laid at 800-804 Broadway and East 10th Street in 1843. The church building was consecrated in 1846. Grace Church’s vestry minutes from January 1846 break down the expenses in building the Church, including the use of Prison Labor to cut the stones. The building’s original wooden spire was replaced with a stone one in 1881.

Grace Church NYC

Retro photo of the historic Grace Church New York City from 1965

This is just the front of Grace Church. It actually takes up a full New York City block, extending from East 10th to East 12th Street. Have you ever been to this Church or attended services there? Does it have the same feeling as some of the old world Cathedrals such as Milan Cathedral or Saint Mark’s Basilica?

Freeway through New York World’s Fair – 1965

Freeway through New York World’s Fair – 1965

Here is another picture from 1965 of the New York World’s fair. We’ve already seen a few various pictures from the fair. We saw Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. A view of the fair entrance, and a picture of Mickey Mouse himself making an appearance at the fair.

This time we see a view of the freeway passing through the middle of the fair. I believe this is what is now the Long Island Expressway. All the buildings in this picture are long gone, including the Royal Tires Ferris Wheel. But the remains of the white curved structure still remains. Just to the left of that, out of the picture, is the “Flushing Meadow UFOs,” made famous by the movie “Men in Black.”

1965 World's Fair

Vintage photo of the Freeway through New York World’s Fair – 1965

This is a great photo because of all the cars. Some very interesting models in here. I see a Chevy, Pontiac and a Volvo at least. And a half dozen other unknown vehicles. What can you see?

U.N. Protest Sign – 1965

This 35mm slide from 1965 is simply labeled “Across the street from UN building.” It depicts a U.N. Protest Sign erected on a building across the street from the U.N. Assembly building in New York City. This building is long gone as the entire block has been rebuilt from the ground up. But it makes one wonder about the owner of “East Highway Auto Repairs” and what exactly his issue with the U.N. was, and if he was involved with the Assembly of Captive European Nations or if he just rented out the space on the roof of his building.

U.N. Protest Sign

Vintage photo from 1965 – UN Protest Sign outside of the UN building in New York.

The sign says;

“United Nations:
Human Rights?
Take A Hard Look at Eastern Europe!
Assembly of Captive European Nations”

The Assembly of Captive European Nations were a group of people from Eastern European government and cultural positions who were trying to liberate the nations of Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania from Communist rule. The organization folded in 1972 due to a lack of funding, but until then it provided information about conditions behind “The Iron Curtain,” to members of Congress and the United States Government.