When the Empire State Plaza was constructed, acres of downtown Albany were razed to make way for the massive marble and glass towers which crown a cliff-like platform. The demolished acres included scores of houses and businesses, many of them part of the city's Italian-American community.
A documentary is now in the works to tell the story of the neighborhood destroyed to make way for the Plaza and a fundraiser is underway on Kickstarter to help fund the project.
"Historians ask if
Albany’s transformation was a natural evolution of its ethnic center or a
sterilization of the city’s cultural essence. Did neighborhood residents that endured the Great Depression and the
trenches of World War Two deserve this disregard? When Albany’s political bosses were
outmatched by a billionaire governor, they sold the South End for some pieces
of silver. "
If you'd like to donate to the project, please see their Kickstarter page.
The Neighborhood The Disappeared