When I was in a Chinese temple in Wuhan, I found this Buddha wood sculpture workshop. Although the head of a Buddha was just placed on the ground by accident, I still feel the scene can represent the religion situation in China. Academic research of Buddhism is not going further, and more tall buildings are replacing the historical ones without reasons. The problem is not in this way in New York, but I still find some interesting scenes which can be compared with Shanghai.
St. Anthony of Padua Church
The First Italian Church in New York. Since there was concern about the ability of the local Italian population to sustain such a parish, St. Anthony of Padua Parish was established as both a territorial parish and as an Italian national parish in 1866.
There is no indication that people care about the history and culture before. When I was on the street, I was submerged by the contemporary markets around the church. The comparison of new and old culture is like an installation work.
Similar situation in China. A contemporary monk in a Shanghai temple using a cell phone.
The temple where the monk stands is called Donglin Temple, which has the highest copper gate "thousand Buddhas", the tallest Chinese cloisonne "figure of Sudhana" and the tallest indoor statue of Avalokitesvara.
The photograph is the detail of Avalokitesvara. The small Buddha is looking down to the real world, protecting all the living creatures.
Still in the similar pose, the situation is different in New York, or all the real world outside the religious places. The more prosperous the world is, the less humanity it has.
Chinese people love placing the God of wealth. This is a ruin of Shikumen building in Shanghai. In a very quiet corner, there are two wealth god statues among the grasses. Although people forget the importance of preserving historical buildings, they remember the traditional culture of becoming rich.
The situation in New York is better. The city has landmark preservation commission for the records. The statue I found unexpectedly in a corner is very pure and beautiful.
Ganesha in Buddhism also means wealth. In this photograph, the Chinese character on the Ganesha is "wealth". The statue was placed in the ruin a few months after the historical buildings were removed. I went to this ruin for one year, and after a few weeks, this statue was moved away as well.
This is a detail of a building in Chelsea, but no record on landmark preservation commission. I will go further for this topic:
"And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." ( Revelation 21:1-4)