August 23, 1989
Two hundred residents of 32 Gramercy Park South were ordered out of their homes after tests - initiated by the tenants' council - showed extremely high levels of microscopic asbestos fibers in the building, following the explosion.
Many residents were housed in the Gramercy Park Hotel.
"They did over this whole building from start to finish," said Harrison. "We had men in, like, space suits here for eight months doing the cleanup. They cleaned every tree and every leaf on every tree."
The final remediation and cleanup cost totaled approximately $90 million, making this one of the most expensive asbestos cleanup projects in history.