A wall at an under-construction 30-story condominium collapsed and fell onto a neighboring building last night, with a "concrete slab" and other materials falling through the roof. One man taking a shower was injured by the debris.
The wall collapsed around 8:45 p.m. on Wednesday night, at 1059 Third Avenue, and fell onto 200 East 63rd Street, into the sixth floor . It's believed the high winds may have been a factor in collapse.
BREAKING: 6-story Upper East Side building evacuated after debris from next door construction site (high-rise condo) fell onto it. FDNY confirms damage to roof of 200 East 63rd Street. There are no reports of injuries. DOB records show this isn’t first time debris fell from site. pic.twitter.com/RJQ52EhVll
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A resident of 200 East 63rd Street told WABC 7, "We heard a very loud crash, like a bang, almost like something was hitting the building. And then we heard people yelling in the hallway." The footage of the damage is pretty wild:
"We saw a hole in the sixth floor," a resident added.
The showering man, who is in his 60s, was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries.
There is currently a stop work order on 1059 Third Avenue; the Buildings Department website states, "Re: WALL COLLAPSED & DEBRIS IMPACTED THROUGH ROOF OF ADJACENT PREMISES"
In December, a complaint was recorded, "CALLER IS IN A TOWNHOUSE THAT HAS A GLASS ROOF THAT IS GETTING HIT WITH CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS FROM A 40-60 STORY BUILDING/NEW CONSTRUCTION. THE CALLER HAS BROKEN WINDOWS FROM THE FALLING DEBRIS." This prompted a partial stop work order on December 21, 2018, which was rescinded on January 8.
Another 200 East 63rd Street resident told the Post, "Thank God there were a lot of people responding really quickly... I’m also happy I’m not on the sixth floor."