Dust to Dust: National Sawdust
Milling Towers Demolished
Anyone who's stood outside Galapagos Art Space or Northsix (now the Music Hall of Williamsburg) smoking a cigarette or making a phonecall between sets, will probably recognize the National Sawdust mill tower in the photo montage above.
The neighborhood landmarks at Wythe Avenue and North 6th Street were part of the former National Sawdust plant, which manufactured aquarium gravel and packing materials, and sold various grades of sawdust from bins in its warehouse across the street at 78 North 6th.
The towers were pulled down this morning by a crew from Ancor Demolition of Long Island City. Note Ancor's 89-year-old owner (seen at lower left in a dress overcoat and hat), who according to one of the employees, still supervises every demo job in-person.
According to a source familiar with the parcel, the corner lot is being cleared for construction of yet another residential mid-rise building, though as of yet no building permits have been filed.
Another One Bites the Dust [imnotsayin]