Thursday, March 25, 2010

Images from the North Avenue Demolition

A prime centerpiece of the North Avenue streetscape was deemed in need of demolition Tuesday due to partial collapse of a parapet.

Today (March 25, 2010) my neighbor and I took a look in the early afternoon and saw this result in the rear of the building.

On North Avenue, a worker can be seen here detaching chains holding a marquee from
lion figurines on the facade.

The demolition attracted both members of the public and firefighters, police and media interested in documenting the event.

The demolition M.O. (modus operandi) seemed to be just pushing on things until they fell down.
A heavy-duty water hose sprayed debris as it fell.
News 12 was there to document the event.
The demolition claw was reminiscent of a Japanese film, with its insect ways of hovering and attacking.
As the demoliton progressed, another machine was brought in.
Both took bites at the structure as it began to fail.
A hard-hatted worker added his personal efforts to knock down the walls.
By late afternoon, the facade was destroyed.
By degrees, the building was reduced to rubble.
Here is the big claw machine getting ready to remove debris.

The final stages. Waiting for the the wall in the middle to fall.

The big and little claws still ready to attack.

The end of an era.
--Bernice Paglia


Blogger Rob said...

Much like most of the commercial districts in Plainfield - Uncared for and it shows......As I have repeated in numerous blogs over time: The people we pay do not care, this is why our city looks the way it does.
If you can't get the people you pay to care about it, how can you expect those who don't get paid to care about it??? Plainfield is truly a classic example of a dying city...we are steps behind Camden my friends....even Newark has a 2nd chance, but it doesn't appear Plainfield does. Sad.

6:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob, We need to keep the faith. Plainfield is a great city. What we need are the people to get hopping mad that their dear city is being destroyed. Slowly I see that happening.

Let's think good thoughts that Plainfield is on its way back. Remmeber, if you think you can - you can. If you think you can't, you're right.

Let's think we can.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

Anonymous at 11:04 - I truly believe it's possible. But when the ENTIRE city government keeps uttering the words, either vocally or through absolute INACTION it isn't possible.
--- Could you imagine what would happen if you called the police to report a murder and the only thing they said to you was, " We wish we could do something about that "

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The man in the bucket is a classic OSHA violation with how many super trained City Emergency Staff looking on with their hands in their pockets?

1:09 PM  

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