Mt. Loretto

marianne troia

Staten Island, United States

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I just purchased a new 18mm – 200mm lens and was trying it out, this is one of the photos taken with this lens. This is Mt. Loretto Church located on Staten Island, N.Y. I hope you enjoy the photo and some information about the church.
In the late 1800’s Mt. Loretto was used as an orphanage home. Christopher Drumgoole was a Catholic pastor in Manhattan in 1875. Due to the recent waves of impoverished immigrants, there were a very large number of homeless children who lived on the streets and sold newspapers for a meager living. He founded an orphanage and purchased a farm on Staten Island which became Mt Loretto. With the children providing a good chunk of the labor on the farm.
Today Mt. Loretto offers a wide array of habitats to bird species on Staten Island and walkers, birders, and beach-goers can reap the benefits during all of the seasons. Mt. Loretto also offers shore fishing opportunities to anglers on its mile-long shoreline. With five ecosystems – marine/coastal, grassland, forest, and tidal and freshwater wetlands – Mt. Loretto offers tremendous educational value. The majority of Mt. Loretto’s acreage is in grassland and coastal marine habitats.
Scenes from the Godfather Movie were shot here as well, the baptism scene. Where Michael takes action and becomes the Godfather, not only for his Nephew, but for the Corleone family. At 2:41:20 in The Godfather, you’ll see the family leave the church, which leads to Michael being told of the success of his plans to wipe out those who done him (and his older brother Sonny) wrong.

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