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The future of the 157-year-old fire watchtower in Harlem's Marcus Garvey Park is up in the air, after an independent study called the historic landmark structurally unsound. According to the report, the tower's cast iron components "are deteriorated, in some cases severely," supporting officials' claims that it should be taken down immediately. While preservationists agree that the structure is unsafe, they are hoping to ensure the watchtower's restoration, which is expected to be finished by 2017. The Parks Department recently contributed $2 million to the $4 million raised by neighborhood groups and local politicians. [DNAinfo]