The Parks Department can pick off late artist Eddie Boros' Toy Tower at any time, but luckily for the small crowd of East Village oldtimers and curious onlookers gathered on Sunday evening, the five-story structure was still standing in the community garden on East 6th Street and Avenue B for an informal celebration of the local landmark. The Times reports that Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe said parts of the tower are rotting, so safety concerns are the main reason for the dismantling (no museum wanted it). The two-decade-old Toy Tower will be carefully taken apart this week, with pieces going to the volunteer gardeners as mementos. Curbed photo dude Will Femia was at the Toy Tower tribute on Sunday, and snapped the above photos.
· Creation of a Bygone Era, Soon to Be Demolished [NYT]
· East Village's Tower of Toys Can Be Picked Off at Any Time [Curbed]