One person was killed and another was seriously injured when a wall collapsed at a construction site on the Lower East Side this morning.
Police and FDNY spokespersons tell Gothamist that the incident happened just before 10 a.m. at 60 Norfolk Street. The two victims were construction workers who got trapped under the wall when it fell.
One of the workers was taken to a local downtown hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The other was transported to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition.
The collapse occurred on the site of the former Beth Hamedrash Hagodol synagogue, a landmarked synagogue that was shut down in 2007. In May 2017, a fire ripped through the empty building, leaving it in its current damaged state.
The new development on the site will include a 30-story tower on Suffolk Street and a 16-story building on Norfolk Street, as well as a new synagogue that incorporates the burned out structure.
You can see what the site looked like in August below:
And here's what it looked like before the fire in 2017: