Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, New York City

The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, fondly called "Smoky Mary's" because of the use of incense in the services, is an Episcopal Anglo-Catholic church which is part of the Episcopal Diocese of New York of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. The church complex is located in the heart of Times Square at 133-145 West 46th Street, with other buildings of the complex at 136-144 West 47th Street, both between Sixth and Seventh Avenues in the borough of Manhattan in New York City.The church, which has been called "one of the finest Gothic-inspired designs of New York's late 19th century", was designated a New York City landmark in 1989, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.HistoryThe Society of the Free Church of Saint Mary the Virgin in the New York City was incorporated on December 3, 1868. The Rev. Thomas McKee Brown wanted to build a church in New York City dedicated to expressing the full witness of Catholic thought in ritual and teaching within the Episcopal Church. A year after his ordination, Father Brown brought his plan to Bishop Potter, who suggested that a church was needed near Longacre Square – which was renamed Times Square in 1905 – on the west side of what is now Midtown. John Jacob Astor gave three lots on West 45th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, "stipulating that the Church should be free, and positively orthodox in management and working."
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  • On the 46th Street of New York, on the fifth and Sixth Avenue, the Church of San Jose is not much of a church. The church's exterior is unique, but is currently being renovated.
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  • The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin is a beautiful house of worship near Times Square. It is open for visitors and photographs may be taken in the impressive interior. A self-directed tour guide is av...  more »
  • Stopped by there last week and very much enjoyed that they build everything else around it. The church is very small, yet very pretty. The inside is dark and has a very relaxed and peaceful atmosphere...  more »
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  • One of my favorite places. Anglo Catholic great music lots of smoke wonderful liturgy
  • Did not know but it is a nice church and similar to a catholic church
  • Nice church. Went to mass on Sunday Nov 12, 2017.
  • It is an absolutely beautiful church. You can recharge spiritually. No need to go to Rome it's right here in NYC.
  • Although I am an atheist, I really like this place. It's so nice to just sit and listen to the songs during worship. Beautiful place. Beautiful architecture. Near times square, it's weird, but convenient, because I live in the heart of New-York. I wish everyone at least once visit this wonderful place.

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