Brooklynites better start investing in their own timepieces, because that new scaffolding atop the Williamsburgh Savings Bank’s famous clock (above) won’t be going away anytime soon.
Renovations of the historic tower and clock — which began with the enshrouding of the four-faced timepiece last week — will take a year, according to Andrew MacArthur, a spokesman for the company that is renovating the former dental epicenter into luxury apartments.
“They are repairing the façade — ensuring that the structure is waterproof and airtight, etc. — but have not yet begun work on the clock,” explained MacArthur, referring to a recent Brooklyn Papers story that reported that “Brooklyn’s wristwatch” has not been working for months.
The new shroud was viewed with horror by fans of the landmark building.
“The clock is a cherished feature” in Brooklyn, said Robert Perris, district manager of Fort Greene’s Community Board 2, in which the Hanson Place building sits.
“But if it takes a year to get it working, that’s what it takes.”
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