So its the first gorgeous Saturday of spring, I'm doing my usual run, Dia is packed, there's 20 cars parked at Madam Brett, crowds of hikers and fishermen are to and from Dennings Point... and 3 teenagers are breaking into Beacon Terminal Associates, the old hat factory, right through the front door at 2:30 PM.
The door is locked, but the trick they are using is easy (obviously I'm not going into details on a public website). Who manages Beacon Terminal Associates? The City of Beacon?
Look, this is how we lost the massive, imposing Tuck Tape factory, aka, the New York Rubber mill, see bottom:
That place could have easily have found reuse. This is also how we lost Bannerman's Island back in the '70s: teenaged firebugs. 95% of the the time they are harmless teenagers gawking. 5% of the time they are intending mischief. 1% of the time they destroy the whole place, forever. So nip it in the bud before it gets out of hand. If these places aren't secured, we lose them. Yeah sure, Beacon Terminal Associates is a pretty run down junky place right now, but so was the Roundhouse once. So was the old Nabisco factory once. These old properties have lovely bones. If we lose Beacon Terminal Associates to fire, its like we're losing a future Dia.
So please, whoever manages Beacon Terminal Associates, secure the front door. Actually... yes, the door is already locked. PM me for details of how they are breaking in.