Fr. Marian Wierzchowski, pastor of the Shrine, elevates the host during the consecration of the Blessed Sacrament while celebrating Mass in the Extraordinary Form.
The crowned statue of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. The crown is made of gold and encrusted with jewels including two emeralds from Pope Pius X.
The exterior of the Pontifical Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel on 115th Street in East Harlem. The bell tower was added some years later, to the great joy of the Italian immigrant community.
An interior view of the Pontifical Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel on 155th Street in East Harlem.
The next generation of young Catholics are taking their place in the parish, breathing new life into the faith community, ensuring a bright future for the landmark church.
In the arms of love and the embrace of faith.
A Yankees fan attends Mass in the Extraordinary Form before the game.
While much of East Harlem is experiencing a renaissance, there remain vestiges of the past. Violence overall has declined significantly, but gangs remain in and around the public housing units.
Memorials dot the streets of East Harlem as tributes to those who've gone to rest in the community. Too many young lives have been lost to gang related violence and drug abuse.
Another slice of New York history just a few blocks north of the Shrine is Patsy's Pizzeria. Opened in 1933 by then newlyweds Pasquale and Carmella Lancieri, hailing from Italy, Patsy's has served the local community and was a favorite of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Joe DiMaggio, and countless others.
About one block south of the Shrine is the famous Rao's restaurant. Since 1896 the iconic establishment has been serving some of New York's most excellent Italian cuisine. But if you want a table, you have to have an inside connection.
And finally, some classic American metal in one of the most American of neighborhoods ... East Harlem.