The site of the blast is drawing loved ones of the victims to pay their final respects, but it is also providing a sign of hope. NY1's Bree Driscoll filed the following report.
Herbert Hurdle spent Saturday morning looking on as crews removed debris from the sight of Wednesday's explosion. He came to pay his respects to George Amadeo, his friend of 30 years who died in the blast.
"Fun-loving, easygoing," Hurdle said. "He would always give you the shirt off his back. Family man. He's just a good guy. What else can you say? It's just a shock that he is gone."
Meanwhile, members of several neighborhood churches and elected officials gathered near the site to pray.
Spanish Christian Church and Bethel God Assembly lost five members in the explosion.
The building of Spanish Christian was destroyed, but firefighters brought church members a Bible that was found in the rubble. It was singed and covered in ash, but the pages were still intact.
"I really didn't think anything that was paper would survive, and to see it complete from the beginning to the end, and all the words, nothing burned," said Carmen Vargas-Rosa of Spanish Christian Church
"We are looking to come back bigger and stronger at the end of the day," said Bishop Carlton Brown of Bethel Gospel Assembly.
Even people with no connection to the tragedy came by to see the sight for themselves. Some even took pictures.
"It's more alive, actually coming here and just seeing it, I guess basically for remembrance," said one person.
Onlookers said that being here for themselves made them realize just how precious life is.