Last night, one of the walls of 496 LaGuardia Place collapsed, causing the evacuation of all residents and Houston Street to be closed. Luckily, no one was hurt as a "cascade of bricks" fell at 6:30PM. Residents told the Daily News that there was no construction at the buliding; the Department of Buildings is investigating the collapse. And according to Wired New York, 496 LaGuardia was built in 1909 and converted to a condo building in 1984.
There was a building collapse in Brooklyn in May, and a portion of the retaining wall on the Henry Hudson Parkway crumbled.
Fuzzy cameraphone picture of the police and fire department activity on Houston Street after the collapse; believe us, the street was closed