Albany, N.Y. • An 11-story hotel dating to the 1920s was demolished Saturday to make way for a new $66 million convention center in New York's capital.
Fireworks exploded and crowds cheered as the Wellington Hotel Annex disappeared into a cloud of beige dust.
Some people positioned cameras on tripods to capture the demise of the annex, which had stood near the state Capitol for nine decades but was vacant in recent years.
Mayor Kathy Sheehan was among the spectators posing for pictures with the building — from a safe distance — before it was reduced to rubble.
"That was really an amazing thing to see," Sheehan told the Albany Times Union. "To see so many people come out and witness history in the making and history in the coming, it's really a wonderful thing."