“A wrecking crew will write the final chapter of the historic Hotel Lafayette this week and make way for the construction of a new, multistory building with high-end apartments.
The remaining portions of the hotel still standing along Orange Avenue will be demolished during the early morning hours on Thursday morning.
Jim Du Broff, the co-owner of Highground Industrial, the contractor knocking down the building, said at the site on Tuesday afternoon that crews will use a ultra-high demolition excavator to “nibble away” at the facade “piece by piece,” beginning at the top of the building.
While DuBroff said crews expect to “slowly and methodically” take down remaining portions of the building, there is a risk of a collapse because the building is a “very unstable brick and wood construction, which is not very predictable.”
For the complete story, including past history of the Hotel, see The Journal News coverage here.