We presume that part of the reason you live, and chose to raise your family in New York City is this town’s history and character. And while we at Red Tri NYC HQ don’t think all change is bad, some of our favorite spots around the city are feeling more and more like endangered species. Jeremiah Moss, author of Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul (in stores July 25), has been chronicling the demise of classic NYC spots for years. We asked him to round up some top “Vanishing New York” spots for kids and families. Click through to see some of his picks—and catch them while you can!

The Peace Fountain at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Built in 1985, the sculpture atop the Peace Fountain is the bizarre stuff of childhood dreams—and nightmares. The winged Archangel Michael wrestles with Satan—and a bunch of giraffes—surrounded by mini sculptures of bronze animals made by local kids. There’s much to look at here, but be sure to visit the cathedral, too, especially on the Feast of St. Francis in October for the Blessing of the Animals, a parade of pets.

1047 Amsterdam Ave.
Morningside Heights
Online: stjohndivine.org

photo: Michael B. via Yelp 


What old New York spot do you hope never goes away? Tell us in the comments!

— Jeremiah Moss and Mimi O’Connor