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.