St Marks Church In-The Bowery It is the oldest site of worship in New York and the second oldest church in Manhattan, is not only a church but a beautiful collection of buildings together with its cemetery, the first stone for the construction was placed in April 1795. The church is very old but young in appearance. The banks were removed to allow dancers, poets and artists to express themselves and entertain the believers. Since 1920 has been a center of cultural art, and also of worship, and houses a dance company. This church has played a dominant role in civil rights.