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5741Builders Unearth a Mystery in Times Square

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  • robert-blau@webtv.net
    Jan 1, 2010
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      Builders Unearth a Mystery in Times Square
      The New York Times, December 21, 2009
      Midtown Manhattan has been overhauled so thoroughly in the last two
      decades that any structure not made of glass and steel looks old. In
      that realm, the tightly packed pile of stones that appeared at the base
      of 11 Times Square last week looked positively ancient. Its sudden
      unveiling caused passers-by and neighbors to wonder how old it was and
      what purpose it had served. Was it a furnace? A fireplace? A coal vault?
      Inquiring minds — some belonging to reporters and editors at The New
      York Times whose desks practically overlooked it — demanded answers.
      The possibility of news happening mere feet away was both tantalizing
      and unusually convenient.