|in the west garden. back of the statue of Daniel Tompkins|
Pieter's great grandson, Petrus Stuyvesant, donated the land to the Episcopal Church in 1793, with the stipulation that a new chapel should be erected here. Daniel Tompkins, the fourth Governor of New York and U.S. Vice-President under James Monroe, is interred on the grounds along with other members of the church. The street itself once functioned as the pathway to the farm, and though it was subsequently lined with trees and lovely townhouses from a later era, its irregular movement within a surrounding grid serves as a reminder that sometimes it's nice to keep with older geometries.
|dappled sunlight at the gate to the grounds|
|we can thank the Dutch also for their tulips|
Reflecting on experimental cinema and the American avant-garde is not such a stretch here, given the church's importance in the past and present alternative New York culture. Allen Ginsburg once participated in the church's Poetry Project, Martha Graham and Isadora Duncan danced here, and Richard Foremon found a home in these walls for his experimental theater. In 1965 a group of experimental filmmakers met weekly to share their work. While The Poetry Project and Danspace Project continue to operate on these premises, Foreman's Ontological-Hysteric Theater has recently announced it will leave the St. Mark's space in June to concentrate on film and video projects.
|family vault from the early 19th century. people haven't been buried in Manhattan in over 150 years. the State Rural Cemetery Act of 1847 banned new burials in the city, resulting in enormous cemeteries in Queens. Just thought you should know this.|
|Stuyvesant contemplating life and the avant-garde on 2nd Avenue and E. 10th St.|
Images by Walking Off the Big Apple, April 23, 2010. Images created with the Hipstamatic app (John S lens, Float film) for the iPhone to give it that verdant washed-out look.