Demolition day arrived yesterday at the Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church on East 12th Street. Workers are making their way forward as these photos from a variety of residents show.
For part of the day, workers left the gate on Avenue A open, which provided a clear view of the carnage.
[Via an EV resident]
Reactions were varied. At one moment, standing nearly side by side on Avenue A and East 11th Street, we spotted a woman saying a prayer... and another woman hopping out a cab, frantically searching for Westville East.
The following photos are by Paul DeRienzo, which show the start of the church's demolition...
From East 12th Street resident Kym Gomes, who has lived across from the church the past 20 years...
From Bobby Williams...
From an East Village resident...
...workers are also bringing down the former school on East 11th Street...
... and the end of the day... via @surajstar ...
The church opened in 1917. Developer Douglas Steiner bought the property last fall for an unspecified residential complex.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Permits filed to demolish Mary Help of Christians church, school and rectory
Preservationists call for archeological review of former cemetery at Mary Help of Christians site
Scaffolding arrives for demolition of Mary Help of Christians