Deutsche Bank Building Nearly Dismantled

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    The former Deutsche Bank building, adjacent to the World Trade Center. The building was heavily damaged in the September 11, 2001 attacks. The building has been in ruins ever since, and is being dismantled. World Trade Center Tower 5 will replace the building, expanding the ground space on which the World Trade Center will stand.

    A 41-story building in New York City that has been shrouded in black netting ever since it was badly damaged in the World Trade Center attack is finally almost gone.

    Nearly a decade after the terror attack, the former Deutsche  Bank building is down from 41 stories to two. The sad history of the building includes lawsuits, accidents and a fire that killed two firefighters in 2007.

    The building was contaminated on 9/11 with toxins including asbestos, lead, mercury, PCBs and dioxins.

    The delicate work of dismantling a skyscraper is visible from surrounding buildings and from the street.

    Tourists watched last week as a huge crane gently lowered a steel beam. Sparks flew as a welder removed the cables holding the beam.

    Officials say the deconstruction will be complete in a little over a week.