Christians throughout the region observed the beginning of Lent on Wednesday with observances in churches -- and on street corners. Some got their ashes to go.
While many adhered to tradition and attended services, receiving the sign of the cross on their foreheads to mark Ash Wednesday, others tried something new.
Believers stood in line at train stations and in front of coffeeshops to receive their ashes outside the church walls.
It is part of a nationwide initiative called Ashes to Go, an effort to take Ash Wednesday to the streets. Clergy set up stations to offer ashes to believers in public spaces.