“In 1962 one of the most massive urban renewal projects in American history sterilized the cultural and ethnic heart of Albany, NY.”
So begins the pitch on the Kickstarter page for the proposed documentary film, “The Neighborhood That Disappeared,” that examines the Italian American community that was displaced by Gov. Nelson Rockefeller’s massive South Mall/Empire State Plaza building project.
Documentarian-writer-producer Mary Paley has teamed up with actor-director John Romeo and musician Bernie Mulleda to spearhead the project. “This is a homegrown story about Albany’s big city/small city dilemma; a critique of urban renewal that removes what it should revitalize, and a tribute to Albany’s Old Italian neighborhood,” explains Paley.
To date, the filmmakers have garnered nearly $2,000 in pledges through Kickstarter, but they need to raise a total of $5,000 by Friday, May 24 in order for the project to move forward.