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People, Place & History of St. Mark's Church In-the-Bowery
Located in the heart of the East Village, St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery has been a vibrant center of spiritual, political, artistic and community activity for over 200 years. St. Mark’s Church stands on the oldest site of continuous worship in New York City and is the city’s second-oldest public building. The site was part of a farm (or “bouwerie”) purchased in 1651 by Peter Stuyvesant, the last Dutch Director-General of the New Netherland colony who is buried beneath the church. Other notable vaults in the yards include Nicholas Fish, Abraham Schermerhorn, Elizabeth Beekman, and Daniel Tompkins. Click here to learn more about the architectural history of the buildings and gounds on the St. Mark's Church campus.
Since the 1920s, the St. Mark’s Arts Projects have been world-famous laboratories of innovation, providing a venue for such diverse figures as Edna St. Vincent Millay, Kahil Gibran, W.H. Auden, Frank Lloyd Wright, Sam Shepard, Allen Ginsberg, Meredith Monk and scores of others. Today the Church hosts the internationally known Danspace Project, Poetry Project, and Incubator Arts Project. Click here to learn more about the people and the neighborhood that makes St. Mark's so special.