In the News
"Heading up A Journey through NYC religions, a non-sectarian, non-denominational organization with no direct religious affiliation, Tony Carnes has been walking the crevices and alleyways of all five boroughs, street by street collecting data at every religious site that he and his group have come across since 2010. What he’s discovered is astounding."
"Everyday Muslims of New York," by John Leland, February 23,2017.
"The first Muslims in New York City date back to the 17th century, and the first small, short-lived Islamic prayer room appears to have opened in 1893, near Madison Square Park. When researchers from A Journey through NYC religions set out to count every mosque in the five boroughs in 2015, they found 285, up from 175 just five years earlier. Muslims, in all their diversity, are a longstanding and hardy part of New York life. That diversity runs through a new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York called 'Muslim in New York: Highlights From the Photography Collection.'"
“New York may be a book you haven’t read, but it is rich in Talmudic scholars of the everyday who read it as carefully as any sacred text [like]...New York’s wonderful religious scholar Tony Carnes."
"Journey of Faith," by Warren Cole Smith, October 25, 2016.
"A website called A Journey through NYC Religions ...covers the waterfront when it comes to religion in New York."
Journey intern Sadie Cruz was a finalist for the 2016 Chandler Award for Excellence in Student Religion Reporting given by the Religion Newswriters Association. She and Rebecca Hia of Yeshiva University are the only journalism students in New York City that are finalists.
Finalist for 2016 Gerald A. Renner Award for Enterprise Reporting of the Religion Newswriters Association for series "Mosque City NY."
"The pastors out to save Millennials' souls," by Amanda Abrams, July 10, 2016.
Prior to Keller’s success, says Tony Carnes, who runs the A Journey through NYC religions website, “the word was that a church planter goes to New York to meet his end. Now, coming to New York becomes the coolest thing in the world for pastors: You’re getting the very best to come.” That’s true for other big cities as well. What Keller showed church planters is that all of the damning news to come out about religion in the past few years—particularly the Pew Research Center’s reports on the steep rise in religiously unaffiliated people, especially among millennials—doesn’t mean young adults don’t care about religion. In fact, they’ve found, many urban dwellers grew up with Christianity and are looking for something to ground them where they are. It just needs to feel right.
The New York Times, "Orlando Killings Rob Young New York Muslims of a Cherished Holiday Respite," by Liz Robbins, June 18, 2016.
"Bay Ridge has been transformed like so much of New York. There are nine mosques in the area now, according to A Journey through NYC religions. Many of the store signs on the avenues are written in Arabic."
WPIX-TV 11, "Off Ted Cruz’s suggestion, how realistic is it for police to watch over NYC’s scattered Muslim communities?," by Narmeen, Choudhury, March 24, 2016.
"Tony Carnes, editor with a non-for-profit, A Journey through NYC Religions, explores all faiths and their role in every city neighborhood. Carnes' organization found the population of Muslims to be anywhere from 400,000 to 800,000 in NYC. The city also has the largest concentration of mosques in the country, 285."
GetReligion.org, "Message from Madison conference: Religion news is struggling, but still surviving," Jim Davis, March 17, 2016.
"Tony Carnes introduced his Journey through New York City religions – a thorough, systemic exploration of people of faith in the nation's largest city, even including a Muslim cooking show. He called the exhaustive approach the 'Pixar Principle,' emphasizing fine details."
Reporting on Religion Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison, March 14, 2016. Sponsors: The Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions; UpperHouse; The UW–Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication; the Madison Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists; Wisconsin Newspaper Association; Wisconsin Broadcasting Association; Wisconsin State Journal; WKOW; and WisconsinWatchDog.org.
"Faith on the Street -- Tony Carnes and Christopher Smith will present their work covering religion at the street level in New York City. Over the past five years, “A Journey Through NYC Religions” has explored, documented, and explained the great religious changes in New York City. Using videos from the project’s web site, Carnes and Smith will demonstrate how journalists might use this approach to cover religion in their regions."
Houston Chronicle, "Holy weed -- it's kosher! -- now available in Queens," February 15, 2016.
"Orthodox Jews, reported the on-line magazine, A Journey through NYC Religions, traditionally have been wary of the drug's recreational use, which could lead to bad judgment and behavior at odds with Jewish values." But kosher marijuana is now being offered now as "a mitsvah, an imperative, a command..." to reduce suffering.
Finalist for three religion Newswriters Associations 2015 awards: two Gerald A. Renner Awards for Enterprise Reporting; and the Short Video Award.
EntertainmentDesign.com: "How Museums Are Celebrating the Holidays," lead photo of creche at Metropolitan Museum of Art by A Journey through NYC religions, December 16, 2015.
The New York Times, "Muslims in Donald Trump’s Old Neighborhood Say, Come Get to Know Us," by Liz Robbins, December 8, 2015.
"Now, not far from Mr. Trump’s childhood street, a dozen mosques are spread out along Hillside Avenue — there are 93 in Queens, one-third of the city’s total, according to Tony Carnes, the editor of “A Journey through NYC religions,” which collects data on faiths. In all, Mr. Carnes said, there are 770,000 Muslims in the New York metropolitan area."
The New York Times, Francis in America: "A Confluence of Big Events for 3 Faiths," by Rick Rojas, September 24, 2015.
"For Tony Carnes, editor and publisher of the web magazine A Journey Through NYC Religions, this week is like a 'World Series,' he said. Or, offering another metaphor, he said, 'It’s like the sun and the moon creating a high tide.'"
The New York Times, "Pope’s Visit to East Harlem School Highlights Church’s Challenges," by Joshua Emerson, July 24, 2015.
Deseret News, "5 stories of faith from New York City that helped one man find his," by Shelby Slade, July 23, 2015.
The New York Times, "Central Park Festival to Highlight New York’s Vibrant Evangelical Movement," by Liz Robbins, July 9, 2015.
"That the event is in Manhattan’s most celebrated park, one rarely used these days as a religious stage, attests to the evangelicals’ increased traction in civic life. 'They now can say they constitute one of the chambers of the heart of the city,' said Tony Carnes, a sociologist who publishes an online journal, A Journey Through N.Y.C. Religions. ... According to Mr. Carnes, there are 1.2 million to 1.6 million evangelicals in the city, which he said was an increase of about 22 percent since 2000."
World magazine, "Church, Inc.," by Emily Belz, June 27, 2015
"Tony Carnes... has tracked religious trends in New York for decades..."
Acton Institute PowerBlog, "New York City is Post Secular and Highly Religious" by Anthony Bradley, June 9, 2015.
"What, then, is New York, and other large northern cities like her? They are religiously plural, politically progressive, 'post secular' cities."
The Religion Guy @getreligion, "Offering sociological journalism about the mosques of New York City" by Richard Ostling, June 2, 2015.
"Today’s New York City is not holy ground, but it’s “post-secular... Any newswriter interested in religion or immigration in America’s largest city can acquire ample material from the online magazine A Journey through NYC Religions... Journalists should take note."
Winner of the Religion Newswriters Association 2011 Gerald A. Renner Award for Enterprise Reporting: "This is what enterprise reporting is all about: a brilliantly informative series about religion in New York City."
The Exchange, Christianity Today, "Morning Roundup 6/2/15" by Ed Stetzer."
"As I learned recently, my ancestors were one of the founding families of New Amsterdam. However, that's not what I knew growing up. We were Irish and we were stronemasons. So, it's pretty neat to see both of those in this video!"
It's All Journalism, "Religion and empathetic journalism," March 6, 2015.
"Maybe Otis Redding had it right after all. Perhaps the best approach to reporting isn’t to start researching a story without emotion, guard up and skepticism out front, but with a little tenderness and compassion."
NY Post, "Do we need to integrate our churches?," February 23, 2015.
"A Journey Through NYC Religions found 130 ethnicities represented in the city’s evangelical churches."
The Blaze, "Mayor de Blasio Refuses to Drop Church Worship Ban in NYC Public Schools — but This Congregation Isn’t Backing Down," January 27, 2015.
"New York City church expert Tony Carnes explained the city’s brief and associated arguments in detail."
National Geographic en Spanish. "Religion and tourism join hands in New York." January 15, 2015
"This religious change in recent years in New York is considered by many as a spiritual revolution, and is being recorded by A Journey through NYC religions, an international non-profit organization created in 2010 which now has 20 million visits. For its director, Tony Carnes, tourists' growing interest in religious subjects also feeds on the increasing attention to religious architecture, the preachers, the historical origins of different religions or cultural activities related to faith. An example is the success of the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center, showing the ability of music to "illuminate the many dimensions of our inner lives," held since every October and November since 2010. Hillsong services in Manhattan are also increasingly attended by tourists visiting the city of skyscrapers, joining other iconic religious tourist stops such as gospel masses in Harlem , the cathedrals of St. Patrick and St. John the Divine and walks through the neighborhoods of Orthodox Jews ."
The New York Times, "Tarzan and Jane’s Manhattan" describes our mighty Deputy Director & Assistant Editor Melissa Kimiadi working the "traveling rings" in Riverside Park, by Keith Mulvihill, July 24, 2014.
Vice, "NYC's New Megachurch Is More Popular Than Jesus," by Grace Wyler, May 6, 2014.
"Hillsong NYC isn’t the first New York City church that's tried to reach a younger, hipper crowd. Once considered a graveyard for church-planting, in recent years the city has become a hub of startup churches aimed at disrupting traditional religious models. “We’ve seen a number of different congregations throughout the city sprout up around the idea of just doing church in a different way,” said Melissa Kimiadi, deputy director of A Journey Through NYC religions. “Younger generations in New York City aren’t as closed off to religion as their parents were, so they are more open to different types of belief and worship.”
“'This is the first election that we know of in recent times that Protestants decided who is mayor in New York,'” said Tony Carnes, editor of the website A Journey through NYC religions. 'From the planning of his leadership, he has signaled that he’s faith interested and faith friendly.'”
Featured on PBS television, " New York City's Houses of Worship."
In The Wall Street Journal's "Top Stories from New York" via Associated Press: "Despite its reputation, New York is not the godless Gomorrah that outsiders envision..., according to nycreligion.info..."
New York Magazine -- "we turned to nycrelgion.info, a group that is mapping out every one of the city's churches — for a walking tour of Manhattan's houses of worship."
Time magazine -- "A Journey Through NYC Religions...an awesomely granular website on Gothamite houses of worship"
The New York Times -- "Nobody else is looking so methodically for religion in New York...probably has more thorough and reliable numbers about religious life in New York than any..."
The Washington Post -- “With traditional media outlets eliminating religion reporters, Carnes' site may be the new face of religion reporting; an independent nonprofit doing quality journalism on a contract basis for the mainstream media. The site, which has gotten 390,000 page views to date, is modeled after ProPublica, a public interest journalism site that produced a Pulitzer this year.”
David Mills, First Things magazine -- "the always interesting website A Journey Through NYC Religions"
Cover story, Southern People Weekly, China --"Tony Carnes is attempting to record all the religious sites of the New York. He was not merely making a record, but through the web magazine A Journey through NYC religions to help people of different ethnic groups and faiths to get along better in the city."
Ed Stetzer, "The Exchange," Christianity Today -- "If you are not reading his ongoing work on NYC religion, you are missing out. It is fascinating and important work."
The NY Tech Blog-- "NYCReligion.info is an encouraging exercise of new media. The bare bones site’s open-minded approach to covering all religious/spiritual groups has made it into a major source of community-centric news that’s honest and comprehensive."
The Social Science Research Council-- A Journey through NYC religions offers "an infectious embrace of the urban landscape."
Religion in American History-- "a fascinating web venture"
The Media Project--"Online magazine reaches millions...a place where people can discover for themselves the innovations and valuable contributions of religion. The site is also a place where readers are free to discover religious options on their own without anyone telling them what to believe."
Notnewyork.org-- "A Journey Through NYC Religions is a website that covers religion throughout the five boroughs. Perhaps a bit “cleaner” than we ruffians here at Not New York, the site seemingly has no trouble slipping into cracks and alleyways in order to get the haps on religious life in our always warm and always sunny city."
Santospopsicles-- "cool project"
stephanienikolopolous.com-- "I love the way Carnes and his nonprofit organization are uniting houses of worship."