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The old MePa warehouse that's being demolished to make way for Renzo Piano's new Whitney Museum wasn't just a warehouse, Vanishing New York reminds us. The building, built around 1908-1908, was a high-pressure fire service pumping station, used to fight the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. In the 1980s, it became home to Premier Veal, which covered the building with cow murals by Chico (at which animal activists shot paintballs). R.I.P. [VNY]