In1672, Peter Stuyvesant, the puritanical one-legged Governor of New Amsterdam, built a chapel on what is now the corner of 2nd Avenue and 11th Street in the East Village. Almost 350 years later it is now known as St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery. The word bowery is Dutch meaning “farm.” Back in those days, the area was covered with farms and orchards, and it was mostly owned by Peter Stuyvesant. Hard to believe today that is what the Lower East Side was like, but it’s true.
The church is the second oldest site of continuous worship in Manhattan. There are spirits that inhabit the place, and I believe them to be gentle and good-natured. There have been several additions over the years after the Governor’s family sold it. A fire nearly