January 5, 1993 a Brink’s Depot in Rochester was robbed of 7 million dollars. Father Pat was arrested in connection with money tied to that robbery. He tells his story.
Father Pat Interviews
Ride for the Separation of Bike and Bank
I caught up with Ben Shepard and the rest of the Time’s Up crew in the middle of another absurd bit of street theater. Here I caught the merry gang as they gathered in front of ABC No Rio on Rivington Street.
Political Weddings & Divorces, Funerals and Family Sagas – Account of the day’s event on Ben Shepard’s blog.
Father Pat, Rev. Patrick Moloney, a Melkite Greek Catholic priest, who has been an advocate for the poor and displaced in the East Village and a political gadfly for many years, has many stories to tell.
Accused and arrested in Ireland for gun-running in 1981, he was detained for two months, only to have the state withdraw charges at last moment when they realized they had the wrong guy. They thought they had captured the underground general, known as the Pimpernel, or Il Padre. He was only too happy for them to entertain themselves in their own folly.
Father Pat, Rev. Patrick Moloney, a Melkite Greek Catholic priest, who has been an advocate for the poor and displaced in the East Village and a political gadfly for many years, has many stories to tell. In part two of my interview he describes growing up in Limerick City, Ireland in the 30′s. He describes it as being similar to the story Told in Frank Mcourt’s Angela’s Ashes.
Father Pat, Rev. Patrick Moloney, a Melkite Greek Catholic priest, who has been an advocate for the poor and displaced in the East Village and a political gadfly for many years, has many stories to tell. Here in part 1 of my interview he talks about Bonitas House, the differences between the Easter and Western Church and the pros and cons of for celibacy in the priesthood.
I met Father Pat while wandering around photographing my East Village neighborhood shortly before Christmas. He was out in front of Bonitas House on East 9th Street, near Tompkins Square Park, contemplating the Nativity scene he had placed there. I remarked to him how unusual it was to see a manger in this neighborhood. It didn’t take much to get him spinning amazing stories about the neighborhood. I told him that I had to come back and record his version of East Village history. Yesterday I spent 3 hours recording him non-stop. And I plan to go back for more some time soon. We didn’t even get into what I originally wanted: stories about the Christadora House, the Tompkins Square Park riot of 1988 and the gang warfare of the 1980′s. But we did cover his childhood in Limerick Ireland and his four-year imprisonment in the 90′s for involvement in a 7 million dollar Brinks robbery, supposedly in support of the IRA (which he totally denies).
I only saw Santacon in the wilds of my East Village neighborhood this year as opposed to covering it as an embedded Santa in previous years. It is a lot less jolly from the outside. Actually the amount of jollity for me in Santacon has been steadily diminishing for several years. It used to be creative play, improvisational comedy, artistic expression, singing, and dancing. What I saw today was 95% bar-crawling, dull, unsmiling and rude youth in rented Santa suits. Granted, I know there are pockets of creative Santas huddled together throughout the separate location, I encountered some myself (see the video). But seeing only the Santas that chose to come to my bar-wracked neighborhood was a revelation.
I took my camera on the streets of my neighborhood on the evening of 12/12/12. Nothing in particular was happening so it needed something to tie the footage together. I improvised the guitar music over a track created in Otomata, an online program that creates music similar to the way cellular automata like the Game of Life creates movement. The audio is a bit over-modulated, but what the hell, I got it done before midnight. I’ll do better next time.
Meals Ready to Eat and bottled water given out by the National Guard.
What is inside an MRE?
At Our Lady of Sorrows Church.
I saw this truck having a hard time making the turn onto Stanton Street early Friday morning.
The food given away by Operation Blessing.
A generator was set up to charge cell phone batteries.