“Everyone is looking forward to the implosion and we ultimately are looking forward to the cleanup and the rebuild,” Mr. Small said.

“We can’t depend on casino gaming anymore,” Mr. Small said. “We need to bring new industry here.”

The demolition was done by a Maryland company, Controlled Demolition Inc., which has imploded 28 buildings in Las Vegas and several other structures in Atlantic City.

To some, the spectacle was an opportunity to generate business in a city still struggling to regain its footing in the midst of the pandemic.

The mayor, in a bid to raise $175,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City, had attempted to auction off the right to push a button to implode the building, but Mr. Icahn, who had supported Mr. Trump as president, scuttled that plan, citing safety concerns.

An alternative auction for 10 hotel packages, including V.I.P. viewing access, generated about $6,000 in bids and the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino donated $10,000 to the club, which has extended its hours to provide a safe place for children to attend school virtually.

Caesars, a casino near the Trump Plaza tower, was offering a $299 stay-and-view room package Tuesday night, complete with champagne and late checkout.

The boardwalk, windy and cold, was largely empty on Tuesday night, and there were few obvious signs that one of the city’s tallest towers would be felled in the morning.

A 37-year-old woman from New Jersey, who identified herself only as Sascha L., was on vacation for a few days in Atlantic City with her mother.

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