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January 25, 2010

High Winds Scatter Debris from Beekman Tower

WNYC Radio
by Matthew Schuerman

A 15-block area near City Hall Park remains closed to pedestrians, and traffic, after high winds scattered debris from a nearby construction site.

The source of debris was a 77-story tower under construction on Spruce Street. It was designed by Frank Gehry and is owned by Forest City Ratner. Authorities say wind speeds reached 70 miles an hour or more near the top of the tower. A piece of metal was found two blocks away at City Hall Park.

On Sunday, the buildings department warned contractors to secure their construction sites because of the weather. City officials say they will keep a stop-work order in place through at least Tuesday.


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Posted by eric at January 25, 2010 9:38 PM