The saga of the 80,000 gallons of diesel fuel stored in 60 Hudson Street continues to rage on. The building is a "telecom hotel" - telecom companies store their equipment there - and during the 2003 blackout, the fuel was used to run backup generators. But residents argue that the amount of fuel is dangerous, citing the fact that the old 7 World Trade Center had half as much fuel and may have collapsed because of its stored fuel. Apparently storing that much fuel is a city buildings code violation, but the city gave 60 Hudson a variance last year - perhaps because most of the fuel is stored underground, and then the above ground fuel is encased by fire resistant walls. No word on whether there's a fire-and-crash resistant ceiling, though.

Opponents of the fuel storage hopes the Board of Standards and Appeal will revoke the variance when it rules on the matter on October 17. amNY reports, "If it rejects the variance, the amount of fuel stored in the building would have to be significantly reduced or else spread out to other floors within the building." Somehow, we doubt that spreading out fuel to other floors will make residents happy.

The building at 60 Hudson Street is the old Western Union building - some nice pictures of its Art Deco details are at New York Architecture.