Photo courtesy Lorcan Otway.

So it goes. The eclectic East Village “toy tower,” assembled from found objects by colorful East Village character Eddie Boros in the East Sixth Street and Avenue B community garden, is on its way out. Parks Department workers have begun dismantling the 65-foot-tall tower, built over the course of two decades.

Vanishing New York hears that today passers-by were permitted to take bits of the tower as souvenirs, and Curbed has some sad photos of the scene. Workers are expected to continue the erasure of the idiosyncratic downtown icon starting at 8 a.m. tomorrow.