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Amidst New York's freshest preservationist outrage, that regarding the impending demo of the 2001-built American Folk Art Museum, the Times runs a piece about the city's "Belles of the Wrecking Ball." Included: 1883's Metropolitan Opera House (donezo in '67) and 1904's Beaux-Arts Astor Hotel in Times Square. The photos alone are enough to bruise a preservationist's heart. Read on. [NYT]