Another shot of this amazingly ample angel overlooking Tompkins Square Park, this one taken at sunset. Earlier
I brought a monopod to the site of the demolition of Mary Help of Christians Church. Even using it, I could barely get the camera above the fence.
Column and arch. The church was a steel framed building.
While getting this shot from 11th Street, a guy from the neighborhood told me everybody knew Father Mancini stashed away the collection money somewhere in the brick walls of the church. Maybe that’s why they are taking it apart brick by brick. Are they preserving any of the architectural decorations?
The demolition has opened the interior to direct sunlight.
This is My House: From Here My Glory Will Go Forth
I’ve lived in this neighborhood for over thirty years. When I first moved here I could see this church’s clock tower from my bedroom window. Now it is obscured by the early glass and steel invader Red Square. This is the first time I entered the church. I was walking past it this morning and the doors were wide open.
Landmarked in 2006, the P.S. 64 school building on E. Ninth St. was once used as an art, and community activist’s center. The city sold it to developer Gregg Singer in 1998. The deed says it must “provides educational, health, recreational, religious or other essential services for the community it serves.” Thus the push to make it a dorm for 500+ students. The building has been boarded up since December 2001, closing its use to the community. Now its floors are reportedly covered in pigeon guano. The rally and march are to ask that a community center be restored.
They marched from there to the Cooper Union, which has just abandoned it’s charter to provide free education for New York students. Students are now occupying the dean’s office.
I interview: Ben Shepard of Time’s Up, Bill Di Paola of MORUS and Father Pat Moloney, founder of Bonitas House, directly across the street from the building.