The Big Apple and Rescue Missions

As I was walking around the other day, I noticed this sign on 32nd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues: 

So of course, I did some research.  Jerry McAuley was reacquainted with his spiritual side while in Sing Sing (serving time for a crime he insisted he did not commit).  However, it wasn’t until after he was released and was repeatedly helped by a city missionary when he truly realized the importance and impact of having access to such a support system.

Together, with financial help from Alfrederick Smith Hatch, the Consolidated Stock Exchange president, they opened the Helping Hand Mission at 316 Water St. in October, 1872. Men homeless, hopeless, jobless, desperate, addicted, unwanted — these were its invited guests, to be fed, to be given a place to stay, to experience acceptance — their being accepted and, if they so chose, their accepting God.

Nightly, the small and ill-ventilated meeting hall, whose walls were adorned with Scriptural texts, would fill up with ex-convicts, drunkards and other men “on the skids.” From 7:30 to 9, there would be hymns, a Bible reading, a brief talk by McAuley, and testimonies by participants as the spirit moved them to tell their own individual stories.

These personal revelations helped both the tellers and the listeners realize they were no longer alone in their situation and that change was possible. In his brief remarks, McAuley would challenge his listeners to take charge of their lives in order to effect the change for the better.

The McAuleys helped thousands of men in need, providing them with not only food and comfort but a sense of belonging and a place where they could change their life around–just like Jerry himself.

If you’d like more information about the McAuleys and the quote above click here and for more information about how NYC Rescue Mission is still helping New Yorkers click here.

An Encouraging–And Realistic–Icon

Chalkboard Art #22

New York City streets are filled with a lot of things: people, dogs, trash, mysterious things you’re better off not knowing what they are…but my favorite things NYC sidewalks offer are Chalkboard Art.

Why limit happy to just one hour?!?

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Penn Station, NJ Transit

NYC has some of the most amazing museums, however, you can see art anywhere in the city.  In fact,  I’ve found that some of the most intricate pieces can be found only a subway ride away…

Chalkboard Art #21

New York City streets are filled with a lot of things: people, dogs, trash, mysterious things you’re better off not knowing what they are…but my favorite things NYC sidewalks offer are Chalkboard Art.

Call me crazy, but I think that someone is getting a little sick of giving directions in Chinatown…

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The Big Apple and Pneumatic Tubes

Pneumatic tubes are [basically] vacuum tubes used to transport solid objects (think of the drive-thru bank tellers).  New York City implemented a Pneumatic Tube Mail Network in 1897 and used it until 1957.  The tube system connected 23 post offices over 27 miles.  At the height of use, the tubes transported up to 97,000 letters a day!

While I got my initial information from Buzzfeed, they link back to Untapped Cities, which is where you can read all the juicy details.Pneumatic-Tube-Mail-Network-NYC-Kate-Ascher-e1363302482168

66th Street/Lincoln Center, Bronx Bound 1 Train

NYC has some of the most amazing museums, however, you can see art anywhere in the city.  In fact,  I’ve found that some of the most intricate pieces can be found only a subway ride away…

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