Video – Blast drops Governor’s Island block…

Deserted 11-storey New York structure felled in controlled explosion.

It took 20 seconds and 250 pounds of explosives to bring down the 45-year-old structure. Before 1996, the building housed 165 members of the U.S. Coast Guard and their families.

Officials will put a softball field — part of a new 30-acre park under construction on the island — in its place, said Leslie Koch, president of the Trust for Governors Island.
“This implosion has been planned very carefully,” said Koch, standing 900 feet away from the empty apartment building — dubbed Building 877 on the Governors Island map — right before it went down in a big, cloudy blast.

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