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New York, NY - City Blows Up Building On Governor's Island

Published on: June 8, 2013 11:17 PM
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A combination photo shows a brick building being imploded on Governors Island in New York. Zoran Milich / ReutersA combination photo shows a brick building being imploded on Governors Island in New York. Zoran Milich / Reuters

New York, NY - City officials plan to blow up a vacant building on Governors Island to make way for a new park.

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City officials say the implosion at 7:36 a.m. Sunday may be visible in parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island and New Jersey.

The 11-story brick apartment building formerly housed Coast Guard families. The Trust for Governors Island says the building has been vacant since 1996 and does not meet current building codes.

Leslie Koch, president of the trust, said the implosion will take just 10 seconds and will be streamed live on the trust’s website. It is being overseen by the city Fire Department and the Department of Buildings.

Governors Island will open to the public as it normally does at 10 a.m. Sunday.


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 Jun 09, 2013 at 12:53 AM Anonymous Says:

Why on earth are they doing this on a Sunday, when it is open to the public a few hours after the implosion? Be aware visitors that ASBESTOS will be flying around the island!

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 Jun 09, 2013 at 08:01 AM ShmutzVesh Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Why on earth are they doing this on a Sunday, when it is open to the public a few hours after the implosion? Be aware visitors that ASBESTOS will be flying around the island!

Why are you saying things that you have no knowledge about?? They removed all harmful material from the building prior to blowing it up.

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 Jun 09, 2013 at 08:38 AM M1 Says:

I wanted tp suggest something -but its too late-it came down already !

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 Jun 09, 2013 at 09:00 AM question Says:

Does anyone know if there is a park or something to take the kids to governors island?

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 Jun 09, 2013 at 09:16 AM Ina Says:

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question Says:

Does anyone know if there is a park or something to take the kids to governors island?

Governors Island is a wonderful place to take your kids. The whole island is one big park and everything is free. Arts and crafts for the kids from 11:00 - 3:00, mini golf and biking (free if you bring your own bike). Check their web site for different weekly activities.

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 Jun 09, 2013 at 10:06 AM Anonymous Says:

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Ina Says:

Governors Island is a wonderful place to take your kids. The whole island is one big park and everything is free. Arts and crafts for the kids from 11:00 - 3:00, mini golf and biking (free if you bring your own bike). Check their web site for different weekly activities.

This summer half of Governor's Island is closed due to construction. So that means you cannot bicycle around the entire island, and one of the major picnic areas is closed. I agree with number one, if you think that ALL dangereous materials were removed from an 11 story building before it's demolition today, I have a bridge to sell you not far from the island!

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 Jun 09, 2013 at 10:33 AM Lower_East_Sider Says:

Took my kids on the 7:30 ferry from Manhattan. It was an amazing sight!

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