Manhattan Mormon Temple

125 Columbus Ave

This temple is the first ever in the New York metro region serving the more than 42,000 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints members in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Previously, most members in the area had to travel to Boston to visit... more

This temple is the first ever in the New York metro region serving the more than 42,000 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints members in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Previously, most members in the area had to travel to Boston to visit a temple. This particular temple is unusual because of its location in midtown Manhattan. Most Latter-day Saint temples are free-standing structures surrounded by manicured gardens in suburban settings. However, the Manhattan temple, similar to the Church's temple in Hong Kong, was built in an existing building and rises six stories above ground in an urban setting one block west of Central Park. Temple visitors will use four of the building's levels; the other levels house a chapel, classrooms and church offices. The temple will be the second in New York state (the Palmyra New York Temple was dedicated in 2000) and the 119th in the world. Latter-day Saint temples differ from the tens of thousands of local meetinghouses where members typically meet for Sunday worship services and midweek social activities, and where visitors are always welcome. Temples are used solely for the performance of sacred ordinances and religious ins... more

This temple is the first ever in the New York metro region serving the more than 42,000 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints members in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Previously, most members in the area had to travel to Boston to visit a temple.

This particular temple is unusual because of its location in midtown Manhattan. Most Latter-day Saint temples are free-standing structures surrounded by manicured gardens in suburban settings. However, the Manhattan temple, similar to the Church's temple in Hong Kong, was built in an existing building and rises six stories above ground in an urban setting one block west of Central Park. Temple visitors will use four of the building's levels; the other levels house a chapel, classrooms and church offices.

The temple will be the second in New York state (the Palmyra New York Temple was dedicated in 2000) and the 119th in the world.

Latter-day Saint temples differ from the tens of thousands of local meetinghouses where members typically meet for Sunday worship services and midweek social activities, and where visitors are always welcome. Temples are used solely for the performance of sacred ordinances and religious instruction aimed at strengthening members' relationships with God and their fellow man.

The building, designed by Frank Fernandez of New Jersey-based F. Fernandez A.I.A., celebrates the Church's New York roots while also incorporating elements reflecting its international headquarters in Utah. The building is adjacent to other city buildings and blends into the surrounding urban landscape.

Among its many unique features is a soundproofed inner shell, which creates a quiet, peaceful atmosphere where members can enjoy spiritual reflection. Its sculpted carpets, decorations, artwork and furnishings speak of beauty and excellence.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded by Joseph Smith in Fayette, New York, in 1830. Today it is among the world's fastest-growing religions, with nearly 12 million members globally.


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Upper West Side Description

Manhattan Mormon Temple is located in the Upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan. The home of diverse cultural attractions, the Upper West side is sandwiched between Riverside Park to the west and Central Park to the east. Both parks are excellent leisurely green spaces to spend a day. Central Park is especially notable, as it is New York’s "flagship" park. With over 843 acres of land, it is home to 275 species of birds. It’s quite easy to spend an entire day there too, as the park has several restaurants on its perimeter, a Boathouse, a Carousel, ball fields, a running track, reservoir, sculptures of Alice in Wonderland and Shakespeare, and a nearly endless list of events and other attractions.

In addition to being the most densely populated area of the United States, the Upper West Side is the home of several academic institutions and a litany of famous people too numerous to list here. The American Museum of Natural History is among the most notable museum in the neighborhood. This world-famous museum is comprised of several different Halls, each dedicated to a particular theme. The museum's exhibition-halls house a stunning array of artifacts and specimens from all corners of the world and all historical periods including some magnificent dinosaur fossils. Other nearby cultural institutions worth checking out include the New York Historical Society, and the new Rose Center for Earth and Space which houses the Hayden Planetarium; the most technologically advanced Space Theater in existence.

The Upper West Side also contains some of the greatest venues to hear classical music. There is the Metropolitan Opera House —one of the world’s leading opera companies since its opening in 1883—as well asAvery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the renowned New York City Opera. Additionally both The Julliard School and Fordham University grace the area.

You’re bound to get hungry while visiting the neighborhood, but fear not -there are plenty of famous places to nosh or grab some classic New York smoked salmon in the Upper West Side. There’s Zabar’s—a heavenly deli if there ever was one; Fairway Market which has a huge, gourmet selection of just about everything; Citarella, with fresh fish and much more; and Murray’s Sturgeon Shop—just to name a few. If you're looking for a more substantial meal, head to Prohibition, an upscale restaurant and bar. The interior, which invokes the glamour and romance of the Prohibition-Era style of the twenties and early thirties, helps create terrific ambience. All of this has made Prohibition a mainstay on the Upper West Side. There's also the takeout booth at Carmine's. Carmine's simple and very popular concept is to serve every meal in the style of an Italian American wedding feast - which means large portions of homestyle antipasti, pastas, seafood and meat entrees served on large platters designed for sharing. And when we say large, we mean large; an entree here could easily feed three to four average eaters. After your weekend mid-day meal, take a walk back through Riverside Park or stroll down Riverside Drive and admire the impressive monuments, grand apartment buildings, and views of the Hudson River, all while burning off a few calories of course.

Given the number of attractions and cultural institutions in the neighborhood, the Upper West Side is an ideal location to spend your stay in New York. The charming Excelsior Hotel is located right near the Museum of Natural History and Central Park. Meanwhile, the cozy and reasonably priced Belnord Hotel is another conveniently located option for the budget conscious traveler, as is the Comfort Inn Central Park West.

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125 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10023
(917) 441-8220
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This Week's Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday endowment sessions begin at 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, 6:00, and 8:00 p.m. Thursday and Saturday endowment sessions begin at 6:00 a.m. and run until 6:00 p.m. with sessions every two hours.

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