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Officials blew up a vacant building on Governors Island Sunday to make way for a park.
New York City officials have blown up a vacant building on Governors Island to make way for a new park.
City officials say the implosion at 7:36 a.m. Sunday may have been visible in parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island and New Jersey.
The 11-story brick apartment building formerly housed Coast Guard families. The Trust for Governors Island says the building has been vacant since 1996 and does not meet current building codes.
The implosion took about 10 seconds. It was overseen by the city Fire Department and the Department of Buildings.
Governors Island was open to the public as usual at 10 a.m. Sunday.