Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Lafayette has left the building.

The methodical dismantling of the Lafayette Building is complete. Only a mountain of rubble remains, and the impact it has on the skyline, particularly from the Griswold and Lafayette intersection, from which these pictures were taken, is huge. I'm sure we'll get used to it in a hurry, but for now, there's something strange about walking past the coney island restaurants without that massive building towering overhead.

We also get an answer to a question posed recently in this space when we wondered about the future of the little red-brick building standing next to Lafayette Coney Island. The home of Walter's Pipe Shop apparently will remain, and I would hope that the rest of the building, which has been empty for years, will be slightly more attractive to renters with the Lafayette now gone.