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Historic clock tower in Queens helps adjacent skyscraper project

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is transferring 477,000 sq ft of air rights from a new tunnel to Grand Central Terminal (left) so that a 77-storey apartment tower can rise next to a historic clock tower.

New York

THE hands have not moved in decades, and the lights behind them went dark a year ago. But the gargoyles still glower atop the Long Island City clock tower, alongside its castellated turret, copper windows and granite shields.

Fourteen storeys is nothing in today's booming