The city's Roman Catholic archbishop celebrated Mass Sunday at St. Patrick's Cathedral on Fifth Avenue. Restoration work surrounds the altar as part of a $175 million project to fix cracks and clean walls darkened by decades of soot and pollution.
Dolan prayed for the young people who died in the South Korean ship sinking, as well as two New York children who perished in a fire on Saturday.
Outside on Fifth Avenue, the annual display of Easter attire ranged from traditional hats and pastels to some of the zaniest secular costumes.
The city's Easter weekend started Friday when the cardinal - bearing a wooden cross - led thousands of faithful across the Brooklyn Bridge.