Nick Fritsch reports that the primary method utilized for dismantling the span was to repeatedly raise the ball, and the let it drop all the way to the track bed, pounding it over and over until each section of the trestle was sufficiently weakened to the point where it could be sliced up into manageable pieces using Acetylene torches. The crane would gradually move and be re-anchored, down the entire length of the trestle, until the whole structure was down. According to Fritsch, the process took several weeks, and the constant, daily, earth-shaking pounding drove residents to distraction.

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Images were taken by Peter H. Fritsch and donated by Nick Fritsch
"High Line Demolition- crane with wrecking ball mounted on the trestle" Village Preservation (GVSHP) Image Archive, accessed Jul 26, 2021,