On a gorgeous Sunday morning a walk in the upper west side would bring you to St John the Divine. I always loved this place for its less sanitized look that in the better known St Patrick. It looked more like an medieval European cathedral that sustained damage through wars or various blaze. I was surprised now to find its interior with no scaffolding as I don’t remember to see it for quite a while. The stone masons who were carving the facade and its interior columns in the 90s finished their work and the cathedral, that is a multi confessional place displaying menorah together with the cross and other symbols, has a spectacular nave empty. It represent the best New York, a place where everybody is well received no matter with what baggage he comes. And it’s way less trampled by tourists, who many do not have time to go all the way up to 110 Street.
The stone parapet built in 1922 was designed to host small statues of famous personalities representing each century. When the parapet was built the three chosen ones for the 17th to the 19th centuries were William Shakespeare, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, all of them sort of Gods for America, leaving empty the last position till the end of the century. It was filled in 2001 with four personalities of the 20th century, a time when priorities changed.
Right in the back of the cathedral, the Biblical Garden, a sort of local secret for many who come to visit, is a charming place to flee the street traffic and its noise.