City of Churches

City of Churches visits the 90-year-old San Giuseppe Church on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and its unique collection of religious statues. Join host Anthony Mangano as he traces the roots of this historic neighborhood back from the days when George Washington slept here to its eventual decline. It changed from a business district to a haven for poor immigrants whose donations built this church nearly a century go. Highlights include rare vintage photographs documenting this neighborhood as it looked 100 years ago, the story of the “Four Girls From Cherry Street”, recent footage of the 125 year old St. Rocco procession, and a unique relic.

The Emmy Award-winning City of Churches explores and documents the local history, art and architecture that clearly illustrate why New York City is known as the “City of Churches.” Series host Anthony Mangano uncovers places, people and memories inspired by these architectural wonders and their surrounding neighborhoods. Join us as we explore some of the beautiful churches in New York City. The spotlight may be on your parish next!

Tune in Fall 2016 for a new season of City Churches!

Recent Episodes


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St. Luke’s

August 12, 2015

In this episode, host Anthony Mangano heads up the East River to Whitestone, Queens, NY to visit St. Luke’s Catholic Church. Built […]

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St. Vincent Ferrer

July 29, 2015

City of Churches heads into the heart of New York City with a visit to St. Vincent Ferrer Church in Manhattan. Host […]

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St. Bernard’s

July 22, 2015

Last season, host Anthony Mangano returned to the old parish church where he grew up. This season, we visit his current parish, […]

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Holy Name

July 15, 2015

In this special episode, host Anthony Mangano traces the two year renovation of Holy Name Church as it becomes the new home […]

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St. Matthias

July 8, 2015

Today Anthony Mangano uncovers the story behind this church’s unusual clock tower and why this church design is strikingly similar to St. […]

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St. Benedict Joseph Labre Church

July 1, 2015

Named after the patron saint of the poor and the homeless, St. Benedict Joseph Labre church is in a neighborhood with an […]

City of Churches Behind the Scenes

The Best of (…Plus!)

April 30, 2014

This week, Anthony Mangano takes us on a behind-the-scenes look at City of Churches, including a sneak peek at a couple of […]

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St. Charles Borromeo

March 12, 2014

We’ve recently had some requests to visit St. Charles Borromeo Church in Brooklyn Heights. In this episode, we’ll explore this landmarked neighborhood […]

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St. James Basilica – Part 2

March 5, 2014

In this second part, host Anthony Mangano uncovers more details about the important history of this church: the stories contained in its […]

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St. James Basilica – Part 1

March 5, 2014

City of Churches makes a return visit to the oldest Catholic parish in the diocese, site of the very first Catholic church […]

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