"As Remnants Collapse, Workers Run For Cover," by Jennifer Steinhauer, telling us that is exactly what happened---that the precarious ruin was blasted with explosives late on Wednesday, the day after the attack.
"Colgate Clock," a New Jersey landmark for almost a century. Until the late 1980's, the clock had sat atop an eight-story factory building about 100 yards north, where the new Goldman Sachs Tower stands today.
But I was provided with a piece of evidence in a Wired NewYork real estate item, and its accompanying forum thread, which concerned itself with the centerpiece of the 24-acre site's redevelopment, the Goldman Sachs Tower, at 30 Hudson Street, Jersey City. Posted there are a dozen or so dated photographs showing the tower rising, where we can see, incidentally, the clock and the surrounding lay of the land.
Posted also is a tight image we will use as our baseline---dated July 16, 2000. Notice the old buff-colored masonry factory building at the right.
The following photograph is undated, but it shows the current condition of the site, with the masonry building replaced by a glass building.
So what would account for the untidy condition of the site on September 11, 2001, including some semi-permanent, but unfinished construction?
Jersey City Independent reports City Sues Colgate Over Clock Payments
In court papers filed April 16  in Superior Court, the city says Colgate moved the clock to city land in 1997 and in 2005 promised to pay Jersey City a $1 million lump sum in addition to $20,000 per year for the maintenance and operation of the clock. The suit says Colgate has failed to pay any of that money.Why the parties would effect a transfer eight years before detailing the stewardship role is more than just bad planning. It would appear to stem from an end run around governmental regulations protecting the public good that the Colgate corporation engaged in, in cahoots with Goldman Sachs, in readiness for the proposed $2 billion plan.
In a New York Times article from July 17, 1988, The Colgate Clock; Winding Down to a Move for a Jersey City Beacon
Diane Kaese, vice chairwoman of the Jersey City Historic Preservation Commission, said the Colgate complex ''would definitely be considered for landmark protection'' but the commission has not been able to operate since 1986, when its enabling legislation was revised by the State Legislature. A new ordinance was proposed last December but has not been passed, in large part, she said, because Colgate opposed it.It is unbelievable that the players utterly failed to do due diligence in assessing the environmental impacts of such a huge project---most visibly and symbolically in regards to an iconic resource of the caliber of the Colgate clock. The lack of a contractual understanding between the city and the clock's former owner amounts to a S.E.Q.R.A. smoking gun.
A manager for the Goldman Sachs project was Mark Mahamedi, of Carlyle Development Services. I don't know if that is a part of that other Carlyle, but I fear so.
In addition to having smoke photoshopped into the face of Building 7, the photograph below appears staged to me. Everyone with access to this site would be under the control of the conspirators. These actors look artlessly posed, just like the players at the Pentagon [hands on your hips, stick out your tush.] The young couple sitting together on a stone at right should have their arms around each other for the pose to make any emotional sense.
For a final bit of synchronicity, watch this YouTube video of tourists recently scattering for cover around the clock as the Presidential jet makes its low fly over. This event also was no accident. It showed us in ways we couldn't imagine that planes of this size, flying that low, attract a great deal of attention--unlike the "planes" on 9/11:
Flicker has over 600 images of the Colgate Clock, some of them of great artistic interest, but only one image was taken under the same conditions as found on 9/11/2001. Undated, the image would seem to have been taken either directly before 9/11, or soon thereafter. In it, we see a dredging barge in front of the site, which is still littered with temporary structures, piles of earth, and earth-moving machinery.
As the Colgate redevelopment site has neared completion, the location of the clock appears to remain in an unfinished, neglected state, as though it were a component in an overall design project offering public access and parkland abutting the waterfront that had never been thought through.
I've posted a score or so images at a blog here of the clock and the Goldman Sachs project.
The Jersey Journal Jersey City sues toothpaste company over historic Colgate Clock Photo taken May 5, 2009
Colgate Clock October 26, 2006
AmericanHeritage.com / Big Time Winter 1990