Demolition Depot

★★★☆☆
  • 216 E 125TH St

    New York, NY 10035

    Cross street: nr. Third Ave.

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  • 212-860-1138

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So?.

Called up to inquire about a steam radiator I saw on their website. I explained what I was looking for and the gentleman on the phone said it would be a lot easier if I were to come in and look around the back yard. They have hundreds.

No Problem.

I drive up to 125th Street about two o??clock on a Friday. Finding a parking spot is not an easy task although I did notice that no one paid any attention to the signs saying no parking between 7am and 4pm. This was just below the signs that said no standing between 4pm to 7pm. I, like everyone else, parked anyway.

Find my way in and speak with the gentleman behind the counter who directed me to the back yard. When I inquire as to how much they run he said that they range between $15 and $45 per fin.

Once in the back I notice that hundreds may be a little bit of an exaggeration but there are plenty from which to choose. Except that they are all stacked lying on their sides in these square towers 10 to 12 feet high.

a.How are you supposed to inspect them in this condition?
b.Once you find one you may have interest in how are you supposed to extract it from the pile?
c.Being outside they are all completely rusted.

Despite the above, I figured I had made the trip I might as well take a look.

Well low and behold in the middle of the third stack I inspect there is a radiator which fits all of my requirements. Except that is extremely rusty.

After spending another twenty minutes looking for a similar radiator which might be more accessible I resign myself to the rusty hulk in the middle of the pile.

Figuring in my head that it is going to run about $45 to $50 per fin to have the piece dipped, media blasted and painted due to the rust, and then I might still have to spray the interior with an epoxy if there are any leaks. I am sure this hasn??t been pressure tested and with the amount of rust, who knows.

I am figuring this is as plain a radiator as they come, it has 7 fins, so it should be on the lower end of the pricing spectrum. Knock a few bucks off because of the rust and a deal in the $10 per fin range would be manageable. Still expensive, anywhere outside of NYC I would expect to pay in the $6 per fin range for a unit in better condition. However the ??relative? convenience is worth something and who am I to begrudge someone trying to make a living.

With my thoughts in mind I walk back into the store and look to strike a deal. Upon re-entering the gentleman behind the counter is busy helping another customer who is purchasing a hanging lamp and having trouble discerning how to take it apart to change the bulb. While waiting my turn I stroll around the shop look to see what other goodies they may have.

I have to tell you I was amazed at the consistently poor condition of all the items. From light fixtures to chipped ceramic bath fittings. Most of this stuff was crap. I understand shabby chic but this was beyond the pale.

After an extended interval the gentleman acknowledged my presence and I explained what I found in the yard. We ventured to the back and I pointed to the radiator I was considering.

The very first thing out of his mouth was, ??Oh, she is not going to want to sell that it is too far down in the pile?.

To which I replied, ??I didn??t stack them that way? continuing, ??I looked for something that was more accessible but to no avail.?

??well you are going to have to talk with her to see if she wants to sell that, how are we going to get it out of there??

??before I speak with her how much are we talking about??

He actually said the following, ??it has 7 fins at about $20 per fin, I guess about $200.?

Now, I know its Friday and he was probably looking to spend the weekend with his significant other or his cat but come on.

??you can??t add? came out of my mouth before I had a chance to check myself. ??That??s ridiculous, first of all it is completely rusted, and you said they range from $15 to $45 per fin depending on the ornamentation. This is as plain as they get.?

He responded ??they are all rusty?.

??Exactly!?

??Look at $75 it makes sense but nothing more then that. I am going to have to get it refinished?

To which he proceeded to scurry off into the office to hide.

Avoid this place like the plague. You will be ripped off!

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So?.

Called up to inquire about a steam radiator I saw on their website. I explained what I was looking for and the gentleman on the phone said it would be a lot easier if I were to come in and look around the back yard. They have hundreds.

No Problem.

I drive up to 125th Street about two o??clock on a Friday. Finding a parking spot is not an easy task although I did notice that no one paid any attention to the signs saying no parking between 7am and 4pm. This was just below the signs that said no standing between 4pm to 7pm. I, like everyone else, parked anyway.

Find my way in and speak with the gentleman behind the counter who directed me to the back yard. When I inquire as to how much they run he said that they range between $15 and $45 per fin.

Once in the back I notice that hundreds may be a little bit of an exaggeration but there are plenty from which to choose. Except that they are all stacked lying on their sides in these square towers 10 to 12 feet high.

a.How are you supposed to inspect them in this condition?
b.Once you find one you may have interest in how are you supposed to extract it from the pile?
c.Being outside they are all completely rusted.

Despite the above, I figured I had made the trip I might as well take a look.

Well low and behold in the middle of the third stack I inspect there is a radiator which fits all of my requirements. Except that is extremely rusty.

After spending another twenty minutes looking for a similar radiator which might be more accessible I resign myself to the rusty hulk in the middle of the pile.

Figuring in my head that it is going to run about $45 to $50 per fin to have the piece dipped, media blasted and painted due to the rust, and then I might still have to spray the interior with an epoxy if there are any leaks. I am sure this hasn??t been pressure tested and with the amount of rust, who knows.

I am figuring this is as plain a radiator as they come, it has 7 fins, so it should be on the lower end of the pricing spectrum. Knock a few bucks off because of the rust and a deal in the $10 per fin range would be manageable. Still expensive, anywhere outside of NYC I would expect to pay in the $6 per fin range for a unit in better condition. However the ??relative? convenience is worth something and who am I to begrudge someone trying to make a living.

With my thoughts in mind I walk back into the store and look to strike a deal. Upon re-entering the gentleman behind the counter is busy helping another customer who is purchasing a hanging lamp and having trouble discerning how to take it apart to change the bulb. While waiting my turn I stroll around the shop look to see what other goodies they may have.

I have to tell you I was amazed at the consistently poor condition of all the items. From light fixtures to chipped ceramic bath fittings. Most of this stuff was crap. I understand shabby chic but this was beyond the pale.

After an extended interval the gentleman acknowledged my presence and I explained what I found in the yard. We ventured to the back and I pointed to the radiator I was considering.

The very first thing out of his mouth was, ??Oh, she is not going to want to sell that it is too far down in the pile?.

To which I replied, ??I didn??t stack them that way? continuing, ??I looked for something that was more accessible but to no avail.?

??well you are going to have to talk with her to see if she wants to sell that, how are we going to get it out of there??

??before I speak with her how much are we talking about??

He actually said the following, ??it has 7 fins at about $20 per fin, I guess about $200.?

Now, I know its Friday and he was probably looking to spend the weekend with his significant other or his cat but come on.

??you can??t add? came out of my mouth before I had a chance to check myself. ??That??s ridiculous, first of all it is completely rusted, and you said they range from $15 to $45 per fin depending on the ornamentation. This is as plain as they get.?

He responded ??they are all rusty?.

??Exactly!?

??Look at $75 it makes sense but nothing more then that. I am going to have to get it refinished?

To which he proceeded to scurry off into the office to hide.

Avoid this place like the plague. You will be ripped off!

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At Demolition Depot they salvage plumbing fixtures, bannisters and art from the sides of buildings being torn down in New York. Need a large Concrete Gargoyle or a period piece bathtub this is the place to shop.

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At Demolition Depot they salvage plumbing fixtures, bannisters and art from the sides of buildings being torn down in New York. Need a large Concrete Gargoyle or a period piece bathtub this is the place to shop.

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