A portrait of Bishop John Hughes, the man who took New York by storm as the 4th bishop of the Diocese of New York, by photographer Matthew Brady in the late 1800s.
An illustration of the 69th Regiment, which was a predominantly Irish brigade under the leadership of Col. Michael Corcoran. Their journey would take them to the First Battle of Bull Run near Washington during the Civil War. The "Fighting 69th" continues on today, and has been active both the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts.
One of the earliest images of Old St. Patrick's Cathedral with the famous wall in place.
An earlier, undated image showing a wooden fence in place. This would be replaced in 1934.
A photo taken in 1942 shows a charming little girl to the left and the wall that remains to this day to the right.
A photograph of the wall as it stands today.
Still the heart of an area with a highly active Catholic community, the wall is the backdrop as a procession of the Blessed Sacrament passes on the way to the church entrance.
The wall still sees its share of those hostile to the Church.
Within Old St. Pat's, the sacraments continue to be celebrated with vigor and joy as they have been from the church's beginning.
Where once armed guards stood, a recently placed statue of Padre Pio represents the Mercy of God, just in from of the Mulberry Street entrance.