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Preservation Watch

The long-neglected fire watchtower at the top of Harlem's Marcus Garvey Park is headed for a much-needed makeover. The crumbling structure, built in 1856, is the last remaining cast iron watchtower in the country, and the only of of eight that used to function as Manhattan's emergency fire alert system. Several city officials pledged a total of $4 million, which will rebuild the 47-foot tower, with the end goal of re-opening the stairs and observation deck to the public. [NYDN]