This story on Catholic News Service caught my eye. It's about the role the Catholic Church helped play in renewing some of the area in Manhattan's Theater District that had fallen into decay in the 1970's.
St. Malachy's Church is called the Actor's Chapel because it serves the people of the theater district. Many of those who work in and around the theater industry are Catholic. Before I entered the convent, I worked for about a year in an office on 7th Avenue and 53rd St., and sometimes I would go to St Malachy's for an afternoon Mass. That was during the time the area around the church was run down. The article notes that with the rejuvenation of the area, younger families are moving into some of the newer apartment buildings, and coming to St Malachy's for their weddings and the baptism of their children.