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JESUITICA: Foresight

pats_cathedral_01.jpgIs there a special Providence that saves Jesuits from hitting the jackpot? In 1809 the New York Jesuits bought a farm up country in a place called Elgin. The countryside was pretty and the air was good, but they knew the city would never move out that far. When they needed cash to repaint the college on 16th Street, they sold the upcountry farm for $12,000. It is now the site of St Patrick’s Cathedral, which you can see pictured here, sharing the same Manhattan air-space as many skyscrapers.