Hannah and Nicole outside Grace Church on Broadway. Hannah hasn’t given much thought to what she’s giving up for Lent – Nicole just giggled.

The East Village is filled with ashes today as Christians prepare for 40 days of self-restraint, atonement and fasting. Even if you’re not the religious type, you probably still noticed people walking the streets with gray crosses on their foreheads and realized it’s Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. To celebrate, we actually went to church.
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