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Swaying 275-foot Coney Island tower reduced to 92

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 5, 2013 at 6:43 pm •  Published: July 5, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — Demolition crews have dismantled a sizable portion of a swaying Coney Island observation tower.

A spokeswoman for the city's buildings department says Friday crews have reduced the 275-foot Astrotower to 92 feet. She says workers using two large cranes finished their work at about 1:30 p.m. They are expected to resume dismantling the tower at 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

The noticeable swaying of the nearly half-century-old observation tower led to a shutdown Tuesday of a two-block section of the surrounding Luna Park amusement park and rides such as the iconic Wonder Wheel and the Cyclone roller coaster.

Those closures remained in effect through most of the busy Fourth of July holiday but were lifted entirely Friday afternoon.

It was unclear whether the tower would be completely removed or be restored.