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The Times has a nice piece today on a now-gone mystery wall on 59th and West End Avenue. Found by construction workers digging foundation for a new apartment building, the 30 foot deep and 100 foot long wall with it's two rows of small openings offered romantic ideas of a lost New York City fort. Further inspection by archeologists however led to the real story, provided by an art history professor who specializes in pre-Prohibition breweries (Gothamist politely wonders how we could specialize in such a field). And the scoop? The wall had been part of a Clausen & Price brewery on the site and the small windows that looked so mysterious and possibly foreboding were there to allow easy ice-access from the nearby waterfront.

Photograph by Ozier Muhammad for The New York Times