From Abyssinian to Zion: A Guide to Manhattan's Houses of Worship

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Columbia University Press, Aug 14, 2012 - Religion - 400 pages
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From modest chapels to majestic cathedrals, and historic synagogues to modern mosques and Buddhist temples: this photo-filled, pocket-size guidebook presents 1,079 houses of worship in Manhattan and lays to rest the common perception that skyscrapers, bridges, and parks are the only defining moments in the architectural history of New York City. With his exhaustive research of the city’s religious buildings, David W. Dunlap has revealed (and at times unearthed) an urban history that reinforces New York as a truly vibrant center of community and cultural diversity.

Published in conjunction with a New-York Historical Society exhibition, From Abyssinian to Zion is a sometimes quirky, always intriguing journey of discovery for tourists as well as native New Yorkers. Which popular pizzeria occupies the site of the cradle of the Christian and Missionary Alliance movement, the Gospel Tabernacle? And where can you find the only house of worship in Manhattan built during the reign of Caesar Augustus? Arranged alphabetically, this handy guide chronicles both extant and historical structures and includes

• 650 original photographs and 250 photographs from rarely seen archives

• 24 detailed neighborhood maps, pinpointing the location of each building

• concise listings, with histories of the congregations, descriptions of architecture, and accounts of prominent priests, ministers, rabbis, imams, and leading personalities in many of the congregations

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David W. Dunlap covers architecture and design, real-estate development, landmarks, and urban history for the New York Times. He is the author and photographer of On Broadway: A Journey Uptown over Time, which won a Citation of Excellence from the American Institute of Architects. He is also the co-author and phtogrpaher of Glory in Gotham: Manhattan's Houses of Worship and the photographer of The City Observed: New York.

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