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NYC's Friars Club unhappy about blasting plans
New York's Friars Club not laughing about plans to blast dynamite under 102-year-old clubhouse
By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' It's known for shaking up celebrities at its comedy roasts. But the Friars Club says it's not laughing about plans to blast dynamite under its 102-year-old clubhouse in New York City.

The club says it's worried about plans by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to build a ventilation shaft under its building in midtown Manhattan.

The MTA says the group has nothing to fear.

But Friars Club lawyer Sid Davidoff says members are hiring engineers to determine if the building is at risk. The club also wants to know if the work will disrupt business at its restaurant.

The ventilation system is part of a new tunnel that will allow the Long Island Rail Road to run trains to Grand Central Terminal.

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