The interior of Sacred Heart Church has been stripped. The pews and religious architectural detail are gone. Most of the stained glass went missing years ago when a deadly propane explosion shattered the neighborhood in 1983.
Dozens of slate roof tiles are missing and water infiltration is taking its toll on plaster and ornamental detail in various places in the Church's sanctuary. The attached rectory appeared to have been occupied by squatters for months. A recent water bill arrived showing that Rev. Ronald Kirk's Witness Cathedral is $23,000 past due - here.
Despite the wear, open windows, running water and plaster damage the church building appeared to be in sound structural shape. The rectory was in similar condition. The convent next door was sealed shut.
As of this afternoon a Housing Court warrant for the arrest of Rev. Ronald P. Kirk remains outstanding. The warrant was issued by Judge Patrick Carney almost a year ago. He allegedly lives in Derby, NY in a 7 bedroom beachfront estate (bing map).
Judge Carney's demolition order for Sacred Heart Church and the City's asbestos abatement permit are in place. The fate of this neighborhood landmark remains uncertain.