Monday, April 30, 2007

A subtraction from the Ward Bakery

What's missing from the Ward Bakery? A two-story, seemingly-improvised temporary cinderblock wall that rose above the western segment of the building, in the foreground of the photo above, forming a link of sorts with the adjacent building and creating some additional interior space.

That wall existed after 200 feet of the parapet tumbled on Thursday, as shown in the bottom of the two photos below. It likely was less stable than the rest of the building and demolished on Friday, the same day the scaffolding was installed. Update: the demolition was at the request of the Department of Buildings. (Photo above taken Saturday by Jonathan Barkey)

Today we may learn more from the Department of Buildings about its investigation into the incident and when and under what circumstances it may allow demolition to proceed on the proposed Atlantic Yards site. (Photos at right by Robert Guskind of the Gowanus Lounge. See NoLandGrab for the three photos combined.)

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