UPDATE: The planned demolition on Sunday 24 has been postponed:
Plans to blast away the remaining chunks of the former Kosciuszko Bridge on Sunday are postponed, according to police.
Officials were going to blow up the old span’s approaches in Greenpoint and Queens on Sept. 24, but the detonation was cancelled, according to Officer David Molina of the 94th Precinct, which covers Greenpoint.
Molina didn’t know why the date — which was originally set for the summer — was pushed back again. And a state Department of Transportation spokesman refused to say why officials can’t commit to a day and time to destroy the rest of the 78-year-old Brooklyn–Queens crossing, the center of which was lowered and shipped away on barges in July.
After the new Kosciuszko Bridge was opened this spring many were excited to witness the old Kosciuszko Bridge get demolished. This summer a Facebook event for the demolition celebration scheduled for July 11th grew to over 25,000 people in anticipation of witnessing an explosion from Greenpoint and Queens. What actually happened later in July was a very quiet removal of the central portion of the bridge which was taken away via tugboat to be recycled. Those poor tugboats, always just doing their jobs and never getting to impress anyone. Now thankfully we have an official date of September 24th to see the rest of the bridge get blown up. From DNAinfo:
The demolition will take place around 5 a.m. in order to minimize the impact on traffic and on industrial businesses in the area. Streets near the bridge will be cordoned off several hours after, according to a state official, who was not authorized to speak about the matter.
The debris will fall on 56th Road, Scott Avenue, Gardner Avenue, Thomas Street and Stewart Avenue, blocking those roadways for several hours.
No word on if there is still a movement to defend what is left of the bridge with wolves and swords.