269 Photos - May 21, 2013
Photo: Wegmans' construction essentially wiped out the pedestrian crossing at East Avenue and Winton. Am I ever glad to see they're putting in a temporary replacement.Photo: Approaching the intersection of East Avenue and S. Winton Road before the Wegmans project is truly in motion.Photo: This block of old Brighton was highly debated before the project began. My position: they were charming centenarians, but neglected and not particularly unique. And I was sick of barking my shins on things in the old store.Photo: This was indeed the center of Brighton at one time. There's an early-19th century cemetery nearby, and the Erie Canal used to flow here (until it was moved and replaced by first a subway and then expressways).Photo: It's too old for asbestos, unless someone is worried about those shingles, but I suppose the biohazards in that building would be enough to make anyone suit up.Photo: Removing hazardous material in demolition.Photo: Removing hazardous material in demolition.Photo: It really was a charming mishmosh.Photo: Can you imagine the mold bubbling under those shingles? For all those who lamented this old block of buildings, nobody had loved them while they were alive.Photo: Central Trust Bank. Such a reassuring facade.Photo: Thistles growing behind the Central Trust Bank, seen from the University Avenue side.Photo: The window trim is out. I love the ventilators perched on the roof, like some Grande Dame's ostrich-feather hat.Photo: Their frame neighbors are gone; now it's time for the masonry buildings to face the chop.Photo: The water kept the dust from flying. What toxic materials or allergens were in those buildings?Photo: The rumor in the 'hood is that this building was what kept this project from going forward. The salon is now at the end of my street; I wonder what happened to the private investigator's office?Photo: A former supermarket of the old scale, it was dwarfed by the 40-year-old Wegmans immediately to the west; that in turn was dwarfed by the new building. But wasn't that tower lovely?Photo: Entrance to the now-defunct store.Photo: It takes skill to bring down a building with a wrecking ball separated from a working store by only an alley.Photo: [From here on in, I'm reproducing the comments from the original album.]

And another one bites the dust! I was remembering the sign for the private investigator on the side of the beauty shoppe building and wondering where he wandered off.Photo: The conservative American church is healthier than we suppose, considering that Brighton Presbyterian managed to outlast the Central Trust Bank.

Two towers, and the church one survives...Photo: The private investigator's office... wonder what secrets just collapsed with it?Photo: It just tickles me pink to realize that the church outlasted the bank.Photo: Central Trust building is the last man standing.Photo: I wasn't planning on it... [And the truth is, I never did, even when the parking lot was finished and they were counting down to the opening.]Photo: A long way off the ground.Photo: All that heavy equipment, and he's taking the tower apart with a sledge hammer.Photo: Every worksite has guys standing around with their arms crossed. It's a law.Photo: Sorting scrap metal from the rubble. They're being very, very meticulous in clearing this lot. Burying nothing, as far as I can see.Photo: Making sure the CVS tower doesn't fall on rush hour traffic. [For some reason, I thought this was an old CVS. That was a muddled bit of history; it was actually an old grocery store, but there was a free-standing pharmacy in the space occupied by the 40-year-old Wegmans.]Photo: Removing the metal cap, brick by brick.Photo: The last man standing...Photo: For some reason, they're changing the traffic signs at this intersection, too. No idea why.

[Note: little did we realize they were going to mess with the traffic lights repeatedly, close sidewalks, reopen sidewalks, reroute walkers all over the city... most exciting game!]Photo: They're taking it down one brick at a time. That's time-consuming!Photo: They're taking it down one brick at a time. That's time-consuming!Photo: This poor guy is hand-picking metal out of the debris.Photo: Flags at Harris Corporation behind the old PI offices.Photo: Two shovels..Photo: Picking metal out of the debris.Photo: Shovel and shadow.Photo: Shovel and shadows redux.Photo: [This photo was not in the original slide show.]Photo: [This photo was not in the original slide show.]Photo: [This photo was not in the original slide show.]Photo: [This photo was not in the original slide show.]Photo: [This photo was not in the original slide show, but should have been. This is Wegmans neighbor to the south. This is the green and leafy Old Brighton that has so thoroughly vanished.]Photo: I left town and all there was left when I came back was the remnants of the Central Trust Building. Sad to see it go; it was my favorite on that block.Photo: Backlit Central Trust destruction.Photo: Facade coming down, Central Trust.Photo: Central Trust being removed.Photo: Central Trust facade coming down.Photo: [This photo was not in the original slide show.]Photo: [This photo was not in the original slide show.]Photo: The cast concrete pillars are obviously being saved.Photo: Cast concrete pillars.Photo: Central Trust not looking so good.Photo: Chewing the guts out of Central Trust.Photo: That's all she wrote: Central Trust is no more.Photo: Lines of trucks removing fill from Wegmans site.Photo: [This photo wasn't in the original essay.] 

Wegmans' construction essentially wiped out the pedestrian crossing at East Avenue and Winton. Am I ever glad to see they're putting in a temporary replacement.Photo: [This photo wasn't in the original essay.] 

Wegmans' construction essentially wiped out the pedestrian crossing at East Avenue and Winton. Am I ever glad to see they're putting in a temporary replacement.Photo: Periodically, they seem to feel the need to destroy the streets surrounding their new store. Who am I to argue?Photo: It took almost as long as it would have in the former USSR, but the workmanship is lovely. I got to push the button and hold up traffic for the first time today. Oh, joy! Oh, bliss! No more running willy-nilly across East Avenue in the hope I'll miss oncoming traffic.Photo: [This photo wasn't in the original essay.]

There are those of us who live close enough to Wegmans to walk. For us, a backpack or grocery cart is in order.Photo: The new clock tower against a stormy sky this morning, from the 490 overpass.Photo: The new clock tower against a stormy sky this morning.Photo: Playing in the mud. I'm jealous.Photo: Playing WITH the mud.Photo: [This photo wasn't in the original essay.]Photo: The corner office, view 1. [Note: As construction continued, we became uneasily aware that these towers looked a lot like guard towers.]Photo: The corner office, view 2.Photo: Corner of East and South Winton. Hard on pedestrians.Photo: Three W. construction workers, asked me to take their picture.Photo: And, speaking of blossoming, this is the new Wegmans on East Avenue. Bustin' out all over!Photo: That tomato cage goes up on top of that tower, methinks...Photo: They were putting the cap on the tower on the new Wegmans yesterday when I walked by. I've been watching them assemble this on the ground. When Jane Andrews first showed me the pictures of this store, I thought it looked a LITTLE like a generic big-box retailer. But the craftsmanship on the project is just fantastic. A great improvement over what was there before.Photo: Another view of the cute little tower going up.Photo: It's Thor, welding at the new Wegmans store on East Avenue.Photo: [This photo wasn't in the original essay.]Photo: [This photo wasn't in the original essay.]Photo: [This photo wasn't in the original essay.]Photo: [This photo wasn't in the original essay.]Photo: [This photo wasn't in the original essay.]Photo: [This photo wasn't in the original essay.]Photo: [This photo wasn't in the original essay.]Photo: [This photo wasn't in the original essay.]Photo: [This photo wasn't in the original essay.]Photo: Sharing a yuck... probably over the road construction that is EVERYWHERE.Photo: Finish coat of stucco.Photo: Normally, I don't like to take photos from this angle in the early morning because of the backlighting, but today it worked.Photo: At first Doug and I wondered if they'd given up on clocks and decided to put some weirdly stylized icon of Texas up there, but then we realized they just hadn't trimmed the openings.Photo: Putting up the logo, last Thursday or Friday. [October 28, 2011]Photo: Hams.Photo: Stuccoing the exterior.Photo: They can put the clock in anytime... then Kate Garvey would know if it was time for church.Photo: [This photo was not in the original. We walked with so many different people past the new store. This being my daughter and son-in-law... and husband.Photo: I love watching heavy equipment with its offspring. Always so tender.Photo: Making a terraced something or other, at the corner of East and S. Winton. I'm sure it will be beautiful.Photo: The detour runs across an expressway exit, which puts two of them on my walking route. I'd be more sanguine if Rochester drivers didn't all get their licenses from Crackerjack boxes.Photo: The S. Winton side of this building. I recognize they need the loading dock on this side, but it strikes me as funny that the least attractive side of the building faces what I perceive to be the "front."Photo: Photo: Either he's mixing some weird kind of food for that guy on the side of the trailer or he's not. Currently, trucks have to back into the loading dock across the street from a busy corporate parking lot. I've watched the drivers do it a million times, and they amaze me.Photo: The store is now barricaded off on three sides and today when I'd looped around it to the East Avenue side, a cheerful construction dude said, "You're gonna love when we get these sidewalks done!" as he put cones up on the last stretch of navigable sidewalk in the area. Arrgh!Photo: I know they need to replace the sidewalks before the ground freezes, but did they have to do every side the same week? You can no longer get there from here.Photo: OK, back to my kvetch. None of the signal buttons work here... they've never worked, but it hasn't mattered. You take your life into your hands following this detour.Photo: It's like being inside a giant pinball machine. Probably for cars as much as for pedestrians, only they're not as aware of it.Photo: [This photo wasn't in the original essay.]Photo: [This photo wasn't in the original essay. That's the old parking lot, with old snow, looking at the Harris RF A&E building across the street.Photo: I haven't posted a photo of East Avenue Wegmans for a while, largely because it's been so difficult to tromp around with the sidewalks torn up, but it really is beautiful from this side. The Winton Road side bears a slight resemblance to a prison, however...Photo: The S. Winton Road side of Wegmans looks disturbingly like a prison... complete with guard towers.Photo: Construction on the new facade... as Judie Favasula Matsik noted, it's got a lot of different surfaces.Photo: Old Wegmans (to the left) dwarfed by the new store.Photo: Working on the new facade.Photo: Working on the prison-wall side of Wegmans. Having their trucks come in from the S. Winton side is clever, but the guard towers are a bit disconcerting. [Note: that illusion has largely disappeared because of the plantings. My whoops.]Photo: Doug tells me this is officially a "medium sized" Wegmans. It dwarfs the old one.Photo: I ran into Sari Gaby at Wegmans today, and she told me she's been shopping at this store for more than 40 years. The shelves are slowly being emptied preparatory to the final closing on February 23.Photo: Even the floral shop seems somehow compacted these days.Photo: Judie Favasula Matsik, as if there weren't enough patterns on the building, they've added this. Very snazzy.Photo: Goodbye, old logo... designed by Janice Corea back in the day.Photo: Wegmans employees shoveling ice off the sidewalk, across the street from their store. Which is beyond the call of duty, but which Doug and I really appreciated, seeing as we have to use that crosswalk.Photo: The old Wegmans East Avenue closed forever this evening at 6 PM. [February 23, 2013] We came off the expressway at 6:30 PM and circled past to say goodbye... and employees were already moving the pharmacy to its temporary home across the street.Photo: Taking down the old sign, with its cool old logo.Photo: I'm mildly curious about how much plan-reading is required to tear everything up.Photo: And there goes the parking lot. Good thing you moved Christina, Tim Vail.Photo: Down comes the East Avenue sign... the Probert St. face is already gone.Photo: Excavating topsoil along the University side.Photo: Christina Vail, I am SO glad Tim pried you off that cart corral.Photo: The parking lot is nearly as full of vehicles as it would be on a busy weekday.Photo: Note that the clock is up. And ask not for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for the old store.Photo: Awnings...Photo: Today Probert Street closed and they began removing the sidewalk on the east side. That leaves the west sidewalk as the only route from our house to Harris (see the gerbil tube in the background; this is where Chuck Linn, Fred Kellerman, Douglas Perot and others get their exercise).Photo: Another sidewalk--this one across the street from Harris--bites the dust.Photo: Didn't take them long to start on the parking lot.Photo: You can get sushi or rolls of drain tile.Photo: If you've been listening to me kvetch for the last six months about the sidewalks near Wegmans, you'll know that we're rapidly running out of walkable routes between Harris (where Doug works) and our house. The last remaining path through was the west walkway on Probert Street, and yesterday I was concerned to see surveyors on it. Sure enough, today they had that walkway closed off.Photo: So I'm looking at it, perplexed, wondering how I will get home and whether Doug will have to walk on Culver to get to work, when a Harris engineer solved the problem for me. He just ignored the warning cones completely and walked through. Works for me. Darn engineers; they're so brilliant!Photo: Whatever those enormous drain tiles were, they're in place and being buried.Photo: The last road through... now closed. But I'm walking on it anyway, because there are no other routes available.Photo: The sushi sign is definitely gone.Photo: Hacking and whacking and smacking...Photo: They're changing the water and drainage all around the parking lot.Photo: Running a firehose when it's 23° F with a strong west wind has to be fun.Photo: Haven't you always wondered what was inside those manhole covers? "It's all coming out," the electrician told me.Photo: There was one stretch of unmolested sidewalk left in southeast Rochester, but they took care of that.Photo: I don't like when the electrician who just told me, "It's all coming out" then stands looking at the traffic lights with his pal. "But it will be great when it's finished," he added. (He lives near the East Ridge store, so that's easy for him to say.)Photo: Laying curbs along Probert Street. Yesterday when the guy said "it's all gotta come out," I didn't realize he meant they were removing the signals themselves. No more pedestrian crossing at Probert and East Avenue, folks.Photo: I wonder if they're putting a sign on the building that reads "opening soon"?Photo: Asbestos removal, I assume.Photo: Three levels of workers--the grader, the guy chewing up the remaining parking lot, the asbestos guys on the roof.Photo: Laying new curb on Probert Street.Photo: Suddenly the construction workers are all over the place... as if they were released from the new building by the closure of the old.Photo: The coffee wagon.Photo: Evidently, they are already stocking the sausage department. (Actually, I have no idea what this tile is; never seen it before in me life.)Photo: Coffee klatch.Photo: I love the ghost image of the former logo (designed by my pal Janice Corea) on the old building.Photo: And a new sign goes up on the new building--for Amore Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar...Photo: And this sent to me by cell phone by Douglas Perot... the sign, lit up...Photo: And this sent to me by cell phone by Douglas Perot... the Amore sign...Photo: They started destruction of the East Avenue side of the old store at 8:30 AM. Arthur Adams, Julia Adams, Douglas Perot and I walked over to say goodbye to our old friend.Photo: It's of course very exciting to watch destruction. And this is coming down much faster than the M&T building did... probably less asbestos.Photo: Kaboom!Photo: I was surprised to see people all over the place, including this news cameraman. We Rochesterians have a weird sense of fun.

[Note: the same cameraman was at the Grand Opening, but I didn't like the photos I got of him.]Photo: The Frederico guys seemed a lot less excited about it than the spectators.Photo: But it was so much fun to watch pieces of the building come down!Photo: Especially the roof, coming down in ribbons.Photo: Or the exterior brick wall.Photo: [This photo was not in the original photoessay.]Photo: The spectators... cast of at least dozens, constantly changing.Photo: At 4 PM we went back over to see how far they'd gotten, and there were STILL spectators, even though the work was done for the day.Photo: The East Avenue third of the building is now rubble.Photo: Frankly, I don't think I get enough sympathy for the obstacle course my morning walk has become. I think the D&C should publish a morning map of where there are sidewalks in Rochester each day....Photo: ...because this gets treacherous, and they don't even leave the keys in the backhoes so we can have fun.Photo: The suited-up men on the roof... are they gonna take the middle section down this weekend?Photo: Tidying up the mess after Saturday's fun.Photo: Was that store subterranean? That dumpster appears to be in a hole.Photo: I think they were looking for the switch to turn on the clocks.Photo: Poor guy left his lunch pail on the roof. That was yesterday morning, when it was still relatively nice.Photo: What a difference a day makes! Poor guys were back working in the bitter cold.Photo: Can you imagine crawling around in a trench in this weather?Photo: Bleecch. Winter is back.Photo: [This photo was not in the original photoessay. It is the new signal light at East Avenue against a low winter sun.]Photo: They got a bit farther on the destruction of the old store this weekend... at least as far as pet foods, maybe even to the soda aisle.Photo: [This photo was not in the original photoessay. It is the new signal light at East Avenue against a low winter sun.]Photo: They're all the way to the dairy section in the tear-downPhoto: This door was always hidden behind the loading dock, and frankly I find it confusing.Photo: Happily chewing apart the old Wegmans. They're almost to the beer aisle, guys.Photo: The remaining part of the store this morning was no bigger than a gas station.Photo: Working in the cold.Photo: I hate to humor Douglas Perot by posting his cell phone pictures but by 6 PM the beer aisle was all that was LEFT. Doug said he thought he could stretch his arms from one side to the other of this remaining slice.Photo: All that's left of the old store is the beer aisle. I have a lot of happy memories of that beer aisle.Photo: Can you imagine pouring concrete in this weather? (That's what's under those wrappings.)Photo: And the old East Avenue Wegmans is gone forever, Christina Vail... this is Douglas Perot's photo, BTW.Photo: Last day of cleaning up debris from the old store...Photo: The clock is telling time, finally.Photo: Masons at work along Probert Street.Photo: Masons at work along Probert Street.Photo: [This photo wasn't included in the original photoessay, but I thought it was important. The bottle men seemed to have a terrible time with this store being closed. We like to ignore them, but they are a real part of our urban economy.]Photo: New restrooms at the East Avenue store.Photo: Construction workers.Photo: Will it be the last day they have to work in the snow? Not too likely.Photo: I hadn't noticed this before... pretty bold, Tops, to put your sign right over the temporary Wegmans pharmacy. But it ain't working. I don't like most of your stores, and I particularly loathe the Winton Road one.Photo: Sidewalks... that's a sight to gladden any dedicated walker's heart.Photo: Oh! It's a fort!Photo: Putting topsoil in along Probert Street... that's a hopeful sign of spring!Photo: And the sidewalk on the west side of Probert Street is closed again... but no matter, because they opened the east side again today!Photo: When they've put the shades up and interior lighting in, they have to be nearing completion.bPhoto: He missed the bus. Actually, this was very clever, since it means the RGRTA won't build one of those plexiglass shelters right in front of the new windows.Photo: Tamping down the gravel for the parking lot.Photo: What are they building?Photo: Grading the new parking lot.Photo: [This photo--from University Avenue--was not part of the original photo essay.]Photo: What's wrong with THIS picture? He doesn't really think that truck is going to fit in that parking ramp, does he? (Under the new Wegmans.)Photo: I've worried that I'm gonna be so bored when they finish up and nobody makes me a daily maze to navigate. But the Winton Road bridge is scheduled to be under construction soon so I'm thinking that ought to provide some bizarre detours.Photo: It's almost a parking lot, Christina Vail.Photo: Christina Vail, Tyler M Gagnon, Michelle C Long... this isn't a sign, it's a casting call for Improv....Photo: Reading a blueprint. Reassuring, that.Photo: Photo: How many electricians does it take to change a light bulb?Photo: I TOLD you it was almost a parking lot!Photo: Photo: Pharmacist in the window watching over carpenters.Photo: Jack-hammering the sidewalk at University and Winton.Photo: Reusing old sandstone in a garden bed.Photo: First shrubberies, well, trees, arriving at East Avenue.Photo: Just where I'd want to be working... in the middle of a busy street at rush hour.Photo: Well, they've acquired the Wegmans bottle-men at least.Photo: If I had to guess, I'd say it was something to do with a manhole cover. On Probert Street.Photo: Installing trees and shrubs. Wait, isn't that called "planting"?Photo: Another spot I wouldn't enjoy working. In a hole on East Avenue.Photo: In two years of them rerouting lanes of traffic every which way, this is the first accident I've seen, and I walk here every day. Well, except for Chuck Linn's fender bender in the parking lot, of course...Photo: [This photo wasn't included in the original essay... the fenderbender in the prior slide.]Photo: The sign in made of blue masking tape. I guess they got sick of unauthorized visitors.Photo: The trees and shrubs have been going in since late last week. [May 1, 2013]Photo: Lookie there! It's a Wegmans truck... means that store is close to opening.Photo: Herculean effort to put all those plants where they belong. Hard to believe Jane Andrews can stay at her nutritionist desk and not get out her trowel and bucket and play in the dirt. Heck, I can barely resist it.Photo: My sidewalk has finally reopened after two years. I hope Wegmans uses those windows like Bloomingdales or Macy's in New York. Would be so much fun.Photo: Cute little lamps. The finishing touches. Lot is striped.Photo: Notice the cars in the parking lot. I'm afraid that taking the cart corrals around the lot is inefficient, although it's certainly good service.Photo: No point to this photo. I just liked it.Photo: Having a party on the almost-finished patio.Photo: Giant sharpened pencils!Photo: I wonder if this means the wine bar doesn't open with the rest of the store?Photo: Not much left to photograph... everything is pretty much done on the outside.Photo: At 6:30 AM there was still parking in the lot. By the time we went by at 8:30 and 10:30, they were overflow parking at the Harris lot across the street.Photo: The line curled around the parking lot for the opening bell...Photo: Exclamations of, "Beautiful!" And, admittedly, it is.Photo: Tree-ripened mangos, in tutus.Photo: And Aaron Boucher gets the very first sample in the produce department!Photo: Oh, flower shop, how I have missed you! But you look so GOOD now.Photo: Cheese samples.Photo: Is that a pressed ham? I assume so.Photo: Olive samples... kalamata olives stuffed with garlic. Yum.Photo: Something fishy about the new seafood department.Photo: All organic sandwiches.Photo: No grubby customers have had their hands on anything yet, even me.Photo: Welcome back, indeed.Photo: All the employees were smiling ear-to-ear. Wonder if they still will be at 9 this evening.Photo: He has a LIST. Not only does he have a list, he called home to ask a question about his list. (The rest of us 9000 shoppers were just milling around being stupid.) This is a well-trained husband.Photo: Hi, Carol! Welcome back to your flower shop!Photo: Of course I wasn't the only person there with a camera... there was media too.Photo: Cashing out.Photo: That is my only celebrity sighting of the day, Mary Ellen Burris. No sign of Jane Andrews, however.Photo: And as we left the lines were still streaming in.Photo: Poor shopper was overwhelmed.Photo: Lovely begonias. But they wouldn't fit in my backpack.Photo: My new backpack. In honor of the new store.Photo: The organic tomato plant truck.Photo: Wait... this guy is still WORKING on the store?Photo: Thus endeth the lesson. It is finished.Photo: And I'm back to daily shopping at Wegmans.