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This was back in 20 and the Brooklyn archdiocese agreed to retain the church in return for demolishing the rectory next door.

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Did they intentionally allow Our Lady of Loreto to deteriorate so they could claim it as a danger to the community and apply for demolition? The fight to preserve it included petitions and donation drives.Not just Italian Americans, but people who live in the neighborhood or are active in it - these were African Americas who’s ancestors come from different parts of Africa and the Caribbean - these were Latinos - Asians - everyone was involved to keep Our Lady of Loreto because they all recognized it as a beautiful church - a real work of art in so many ways. The legal appeals exhausted and the archdiocese had their way - and Our Lady of Loreto is being torn down. You can see photos here, taken by Todd Maisel, of The Daily News, how the the murals, statuary, the decorative elements - all being beaten and destroyed. One wonders, why couldn’t the same thing have happened to Our Lady of Loreto. One wonders why the Brooklyn archdiocese didn’t sell the property to another denomination - perhaps a Protestant faith - now prevalent in the area.The time it took to build them, the craftsmanship, the artistry - all for nothing - destroyed. This is not the only church to face its extinction. This part of Brownsville is still knee deep in poverty and dispossession. People need more than just a roof over their heads. In return for keeping the church and its interior decorations, the people there could have a place of worship.Robin Mainella might be seen as the warrior in a lost battle of a lost war. She is motivated by heritage; her family is Pugliese, her native land is Bari and Campobasso. Peter is the link to Italy she shares with other Italian Americans of Duluth."My great grandparents, Peter and Mattie Mainella were among the first to arrive," says Mainella.