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Old September 27th, 2010, 12:30 PM   #21
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news from http://lowermanhattan.info/:

Smaller Crane to Assist at 130 Liberty Street:
The deconstruction of 130 Liberty Street is making steady progress, with operations now down to floor six of the former 40-story tower. Starting Monday, September 27th, contractor Bovis will close Washington Street between Albany and Cedar, intermittingly to operate a crane for steel removal. The streets will remain open while the work continues through approximately mid-November 2010. It is being coordinated with the Port Authority’s excavation of the World Trade Center South Bathtub, where the future Vehicular Security Center entrance will be built. Deconstruction of 130 Liberty Street is expected to be complete by the end of 2010, at which time the Port Authority will begin to occupy the area.

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Old September 28th, 2010, 10:01 AM   #22
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It seems to be taking forever to demolish this building!!!! i was in NYC in july 2003 and it was just covered in netting with the gaping hole in the front from 9/11. I know they had a setback with the tragic fire and i hope the rest of the deconstruction goes without any hickups.
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Old October 3rd, 2010, 05:34 AM   #23
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I think Cedar Street should be rebuilt through this site. The south half can accommodate 5 World Trade Center The north half can either be a greenspace or a lowrise building.
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Old October 3rd, 2010, 11:31 PM   #24
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Old October 9th, 2010, 07:22 AM   #25
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Lowermanhattan.info is reporting the "hoist" shoud be removed this weekend. I hope by hoist they mean "crane".
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Old October 10th, 2010, 11:08 AM   #26
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I think Cedar Street should be rebuilt through this site. The south half can accommodate 5 World Trade Center The north half can either be a greenspace or a lowrise building.
The Port Authority wants 1,000,000+ sq. ft. of offices there. It would take a lot of elbow twisting to get them to change their plans...
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Old October 10th, 2010, 12:17 PM   #27
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If I see the list of the buildings that have been destroyed than I can say that there hasn't been lost much. The Greek church was special but also quite ugly.
All the WTC buildings, Deutsche bank building and marriot hotel were just plain ugly and the lowrise buildings even disgusting.
In my opinion it was just an example of the typical 60's and 70's eyesores.
And there are still to much of those buildings in the city making it less beautiful.
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Old October 17th, 2010, 05:16 PM   #28
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Old October 20th, 2010, 05:18 AM   #29
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It seems like it will be completely demolished soon. Hopefully in the coming months we'll start to hear of plans to redevelop the plot and create a new skyscraper.
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Old October 20th, 2010, 06:07 PM   #30
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@Hanyuu222: first they need a part of the underground area of the plot for the vehicular security center

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Old October 24th, 2010, 06:04 PM   #31
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Old October 24th, 2010, 08:49 PM   #32
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Old October 24th, 2010, 09:11 PM   #33
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If I see the list of the buildings that have been destroyed than I can say that there hasn't been lost much. The Greek church was special but also quite ugly.
All the WTC buildings, Deutsche bank building and marriot hotel were just plain ugly and the lowrise buildings even disgusting.
In my opinion it was just an example of the typical 60's and 70's eyesores.
And there are still to much of those buildings in the city making it less beautiful.
Would completly agree with this statement. New York had far too many speculative bland black glass boxes built in the 60's, 70's and even 80's, sometimes replacing very fine buildings such as the beautiful old Biltmore Hotel (demolished for a glass box c.1985) or even worse the magnificent early skyscraper Singer Building replaced by the anonymous US Steel box!!
I wish Robert Stern would get more commissions as his company designs skyscrapers with a timeless elegance which always enhances any cityscape.
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Old October 27th, 2010, 12:52 AM   #34
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white crane is free standing now..

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No one will be to afford to demolish it this way. What is the demolition budget now?? It's something like 50 times what it would have cost anyplace else.
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Old November 6th, 2010, 07:42 PM   #36
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In the demolition of a tall building, how do they get one of those excavator machines to the top of that building?
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Old November 7th, 2010, 07:16 PM   #38
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Old November 9th, 2010, 03:46 PM   #39
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Faulty Equipment Delays Deutsche Bank Demolition Until Next Year, Officials Say

Crane malfunctions and unexpected obstacles caused the two-week delay.



By Julie Shapiro

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LOWER MANHATTAN — Faulty equipment and unexpected challenges have delayed the demolition of the Deutsche Bank building yet again, the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. announced Monday.

The long-troubled building, most recently scheduled to come down by the end of this year, is now set to be gone by about Jan. 15, LMDC officials said at a Community Board 1 meeting Monday.

"We did have a couple difficulties over the last month that added up to a small delay in the project," said Josh Rosenbloom, director of city operations for the LMDC.

The LMDC lost several days when the tower crane malfunctioned and it took contractor Bovis Lend Lease a couple of tries to figure out which part needed to be replaced, Rosenbloom said.

In addition, the sixth floor of the building proved more difficult to deconstruct than Bovis expected, Rosenbloom said. That floor housed much of the building’s mechanical equipment, so the concrete floor slab was thicker than the other floors and had more reinforcing steel, making it more difficult to disassemble, Rosenbloom said.

Crews are now in the middle of demolishing the fifth floor of what was once a 41-story office building.

In 2007, a fire broke out in the building while workers were demolishing it and two firefighters were killed. The blaze delayed the project and resulted in manslaughter charges for three construction supervisors.

While Rosenbloom said Monday that he does not expect any additional problems on the few remaining floors, he cautioned that bad weather could add more time to the project.

"At this point, anything that happens has a cascading effect [on the schedule]," he said.

Once the Deutsche Bank building is down, the LMDC plans to turn the site over to the Port Authority to build the Vehicle Security Center, a crucial underground loading dock for the World Trade Center. The LMDC hopes to give the Port preliminary access to the Deutsche site in January so the Vehicle Security Center is not delayed further, Rosenbloom said.

Several local residents were concerned about dust from the Deutsche demolition, and Rosenbloom promised to look into additional mitigation measures as the work moves closer to street level.

Allan Tannenbaum, a CB1 member, asked if the LMDC planned to hold a "bottoming out" ceremony when the demolition is finally done.

"Any [ceremony] would be extremely understated," Rosenbloom replied. "I don’t think anyone wants to declare victory over this."


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Stucknation: The Sad Saga of 130 Liberty
A Place As Parable
Monday, November 15, 2010

By Bob Hennelly



On September 11th, 2001, when the World Trade Center's South Tower fell, it tore a 15-story gash into the 41-story Deutsche Bank building, letting in the World Trade's whirlwind of toxic waste and human remains. Diesel tanks that held the fuel for the building's Emergency generator helped feed a fire that flared for days.

Now, almost ten years later, workers are finally dismantling the fifth and fourth floors at 130 Liberty, as the site is now known. Sunlight is finally replacing what was a highrise headstone that cast a shadow over Ground Zero. But the demolition is costing hundreds of millions of dollars and it is not scheduled to be complete until early next year.

The reasons behind the delays and the $400 million (and counting) price tag illustrate the stuck in stucknation

First there was the prolonged legal squabble between Deutsche Bank and the building's insurers that raged as the mold infestation at the site mushroomed.

Then, there was a fire at the site in 2007 that killed two fire fighters and injured more than a hundred others and further traumatized the nearby community residents who had survived 9-11. An exhaustive investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office concluded that both government and corporate malfesance helped set the stage for a fatal fire in August of 2007 at 130 Liberty.

Former District Attorney Robert Morgenthau faulted the prime contractor Bovis Lend Lease and city, state and federal agencies. He was particularly hard on the City's FDNY brass which failed to inspect the building and missed a dismantled stand pipe that's essential to bring water in the event of a fire.

Three contractors were criminally indicted and maintain their innocence. But according to the DA's report, there was a major conspiracy of silence with several fires popping up on the site that summer that no one reported them to the proper authoriities.

At the heart of the site's mismanagement was an unqualified subcontractor with alleged links to a company tied to organized crime. The firm was picked to work on the project over the objections of the city's Department of Investigation.

But it was the local neighborhood activists with Community Board 1 who sounded the loudest and clearest alarm. They warned in 2005, two years before the deadly fire, that site conditions had so badly deteriorated at Deutsche Bank that the potential for just an accident was quite real. Arrogant bureaucrats dismissed them.

One of those community activists was Mary Perillo, whose 8th floor loft is directly across the street from Deutsche Bank. Like the thousands of lower Manhattan residents who were living in the neighborhood on 9-11, she's learned to be skeptical about just about everything. She is still angry about the Environmental Protection Agency’s “all clear” for air quality immediately after the 9-11 attack. "It was all about getting Wall Street back up and running," she says.

She's happy to see Deutsche Bank at just 10 percent of its past height. She can easily watch the progress of the 130 Liberty demolition from her kitchen window.

"The major thing I see when i look out the window still is that two firefighters died needlessly after the community said time and time again the safety measures weren't anywhere near the correct standards," she told me last week. “Now it looks like they are taking it down better than they had been.”

She wants something nearby to be named for Firefighters Robert Beddia and Joe Graffagnino who died in that August 2007 fire. She also wants the Senate to pass the 9-11 Victims Compensation bill passed that is named for NYPD officer James Zadroga who died in 2007 from 9-11 related health issues. (Since 9-11, 29 police officers have died of World Trade Center related health illnesses. 23 were killed the day of the attack.)

Perillo says the bill will cover community members like herself who have stayed through the delays and tragic setbacks.

"The community has come together around this quite about,” she said. “If we had blown out of here, and gone else where, and not comeback who would have won? The bad guys."

Those bad guys aren’t just terrorists. They’re also the incompetent or opportunistic interests — public and private — that failed at 130 Liberty.

It’s a tale not limited to just this address. After all, the current crisis in America is not really about an underperforming economy. It is actually about how corruption has corroded our national character.

But there's still hope thanks to the watchful eyes of Mary Perillo and her neighbors. They show us that even on the block where the American spirit has been tested again and again, the tradition of the citizen activist demanding accountability endures.

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