Pause In The Destruction
The wrecking crew pauses while one of their guys rigs up a new firehose to keep down the dust.
I like to post photos in the order I shoot them, especially since I've just begun posting from an epic road trip, but I figured I'd post something of St. Patrick's Church in Watervliet on what will probably be the last Sunday when any piece of it is still standing.
One of the greatest religious buildings in the region, this was begun in 1889 and the first Mass was celebrated in 1891. It served generations of working-class residents of the city, best-known for the U.S. Army arsenal that still operates there today.
The arsenal, the city and the parish shrank in the decades after World War II, and in 2005, St. Patrick's and two other nearby parishes were consolidated and St. Patrick's went vacant.
Once a developer expressed interest in the site, it was doomed. The neighborhood fought to save it but lost. The day after the court ruling the demolition crew went to work, starting on a Saturday so as to head off any appeal.
A new Price Chopper supermarket is planned for the site.