Crown Heights interior demolition reveals one tenant’s messy lifestyle
Underneath 50 years worth of dust lies a gorgeous chandelier, made of either crystal or glass, that belonged to a family who lived in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. I was there about a year ago to do an apartment interior demolition job. The building had six units, but DiMola Bros was only hired to clean out the one.
Like in all of my interior demolition and rubbish removal jobs, what fascinates me most about what I find is what the objects reveal about their owners’ lifestyles. For example, notice the clothesline going straight through the living room of the house. Obviously, this house was not kept in a tidy condition but instead a chaotic, careless one.
The tenant who had lived in the rent-controlled apartment had passed away, so I was hired to gut the entire place so the owner could start renting it out again. Since then, with the garbage gone and the whole thing dusted and clean, the place has been renovated. Eventually, new tenants will live there, they’ll create new memories with their own stuff, and maybe in 20 years, DiMola Bros will have to go back and do it all over again.