The Neighborhood That Disappeared, a documentary showcasing the demolition of Little Italy in Albany, is set to release in the near future. Currently, the video is in the pre-production and fundraising stage, which the release format will depend on. The documentary features photographs that were taken by Bob Paley between 1962 and 1972.
Little Italy in Albany was an urban village that is remembered by locals for the kitchen aromas, holiday feasts, and friendly stoop conversations that could be found there in the 60s. Governor Rockefeller demolished the neighborhood in the name of urban renewal, displacing the people, culture and memories forever.
Bob Paley documented the lengthy construction project for The Knickerbocker News, and was startled by what he saw through his camera lens while doing so. The Neighborhood That Disappeared documents this crucial moment in Albany’s history through Paley’s images and stories from some of the locals that witnessed the destruction.
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I look forward to seeing this documentary and learning about The Neighborhood that Disappeared. Will you be checking it out?