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Buried Treasure

A few Times reporters got excited when they looked out their office window last week and saw...a wall. Specifically, a wall that wasn't made of glass or steel but actually looked more than three years old. The Times called in an archaeologist whose best guess is that the wall, at the base of 11 Times Square, was the foundation of a nineteenth century building (the property used to be home to a theater and then to a row of three- and four-story buildings). Developer SJP Properties plans to keep the wall in place under the new construction, so it will probably last through another three or four redevelopments. [NYT]