Demolition Of Deutsche Bank Bldg. Finally Wraps Up

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/WCBS 880) — The final pieces of the dreaded Deutsche Bank Building in Lower Manhattan – which became an environmental wasteland after the Sept. 11 attacks and a death trap for two firefighters several years later — were being removed Thursday, forever turning the page on the city’s dark history.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports from Ground Zero

WCBS 880 Reporter Peter Haskell at the demolition site.

“It means the finality of 9/11, it’s like the last piece,” one woman said.

“It definitely feels like it’s the last thing left,” another woman said. “It’s like letting the full healing begin; you have to look forward not back.”

The building was irreparably damaged when the falling south tower of the World Trade Center ripped a 15-story gash into the structure the 41-story building on Sept. 11, 2001. The impact heavily damaged the bank building and filled it with toxic debris. A laborious process of dismantling the now government-owned building has taken years.

On Aug. 18, 2007, a construction worker’s discarded cigarette sparked a fire that tore through several stories of the building. Firefighters Robert Beddia and Joseph Graffagnino became trapped on the burning 14th floor. They died of smoke inhalation after their oxygen tanks ran out.

“It’s a constant reminder of an accident that I believe should’ve been avoided all together,” a construction worker said. “For me personally – as a construction worker – it’s good to see it down.”

Engineer Joe Bradley, who is working on the 9/11 Memorial, notes the progress at Ground Zero with the Freedom Tower already rising at over 50 stories.

“It’s something to look at now and something to be proud of,” Bradley said.

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  1. Nicky says:

    Indeed, the co-chairs of the Commission now admit that the Commission largely operated based upon political considerations.

    9/11 Commission co-chair Lee Hamilton says “I don’t believe for a minute we got everything right”, that the Commission was set up to fail, that people should keep asking questions about 9/11, that the 9/11 debate should continue, and that the 9/11 Commission report was only “the first draft” of history.

    9/11 Commissioner Bob Kerrey said that “There are ample reasons to suspect that there may be some alternative to what we outlined in our version . . . We didn’t have access . . . .”

    9/11 Commissioner Timothy Roemer said “We were extremely frustrated with the false statements we were getting”

    Former 9/11 Commissioner Max Cleland resigned from the Commission, stating: “It is a national scandal”; “This investigation is now compromised”; and “One of these days we will have to get the full story because the 9-11 issue is so important to America. But this White House wants to cover it up”.

    9/11 Commissioner John Lehman said that “We purposely put together a staff that had – in a way – conflicts of interest“.

    http://www.beyondleftright.com/topics/september-11/1495-6-of-10-911-commissioners-say-qofficial-storyq-a-lie

    All links located at the above centralized location.

  2. pat says:

    Now that this is finally down we need to get quickly into getting the memorial ready for the 10th anniversary

  3. dave says:

    It went down faster than WTC7! (Google that if you’ve necer seen it.)

  4. CONCERNED CITIZEN says:

    NO MATTHER HOW YOU SLICE IT THE GENERAL AND SUB CONTRACTORS AT THE DEUTSCHE BANK WHO STAGED AND ENGINEERED ALL THREE OF THOSE SUSPICIOUS ACCIDENTS GOT AWAY WITH MURDER AND ATTEMPTED MURDER,58 MILLION REASONS WHY THOSE ACCIDENTS WERE SETUP!

  5. Max Questionsmedia says:

    Did a plane hit this building too?

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