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Dumbo's Empire Stores Fighting Gravity, Park Closed

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The Empire Stores building in Dumbo, the historic warehouse on Water Street whose future is in flux, has apparently developed some "structural issues." They're serious enough that they've led to the temporary closure of Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park. The trouble includes "a large crack that has developed in the northwest corner of the building and the deteriorating brick window arches." Scaffolding will go up around the building to keep people from getting bricked while engineers try to figure out how to keep the Civil War-era structure from falling down and how much it will cost. The building's been caught up in some bigger fights about the Brooklyn Bridge Park project. David Walentas once held the development rights. Then, Shaya Boymelgreen was picked as the developer, only to be ousted a year ago after failing to move forward.
· Structural Issues Close Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park [AP/1010Wins]
· New York State Parks Announces Temporary Closure of Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park [readmedia newswire]
· Empire Warehouses could be home to concert hall [Brooklyn Paper]