In our series Beyond the Village and Back, we take a look at some great landmarks throughout New York City outside of Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo, celebrate their special histories, and reveal their (sometimes hidden) connections to the Village.
In this series we usually explore the roots and history of a great New York City landmark and then look at how it’s connected to our neighborhoods. But today we’re looking at two great New York City landmarks: 1083 Fifth Avenue, a beautiful Second Empire style mansion located in the Expanded Carnegie Hill Historic District between 89th and 90th Streets on ‘Museum Mile,’ and Our Lady of Lourdes Church, a landmarked Venetian Gothic style Catholic Church located in West Harlem at 463 W 142nd Street that today serves a primarily immigrant congregation from Latin America and Africa, and when designated was called “one of the oddest buildings in New York.”
Both were built at the turn of the last century. And both also bear strong connections to Greenwich Village in at least one surprisingly similar way.