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Balloon To Fly For Building Survey Near South Street Seaport

New 1,018-Foot Skyscraper Is Planned For Site
A mock-up of a Combat SkySat Starfighter industrial weather balloon. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

A mock-up of a Combat SkySat Starfighter industrial weather balloon. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Manhattan residents near the South Street Seaport should not be alarmed if they see a large balloon flying 950 feet in the air near their homes.

The Federal Aviation Administration has advised that the moored balloon will be launched over 80 South St. to obtain photos for a building survey operation, the NYPD said.

The allowable window for the balloon launch begins Tuesday and ends on Sunday, Dec. 1. The balloon will only be up for about three or four days during the allowable window, for periods of two hours a day during daylight hours, the NYPD said.

The balloon will fly at an altitude of about 950 feet, and is about the size of a weather balloon.

The 80 South St. site is the prospective location of a new 1,018-foot residential skyscraper bisected by gardens, designed by architect Anthony Morali.

A prior planned skyscraper at the site, designed by celebrity architect Santiago Calatrava, would have risen to 1,123 feet with a design of 12 four-story cubes stacked on top of each other. That project was called off in 2008 as the real estate market declined.

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