Building collapses in New York
Thursday 30 April 2009
A vacant five-story building collapsed at a lower Manhattan construction site this morning, but there appeared to be no injuries.
Emergency crews with a dog were sifting through the building's rubble and were going through a neighbouring building as a precaution.
Lewis Largent, who lives directly across the street, was looking out the window at 6.15am when "the bricks started trickling off the top corner. I was thinking was it raining or something. Then within 10 seconds it just all came down like a wave or an avalanche."
Inspectors with the Buildings Department were at the scene, about seven blocks north of the World Trade Centre site.
It appeared the front half of the building was sheared off in the collapse, and interior floors were visible from the street. Mounds of bricks were on the ground, and pieces of wood were hanging from what remained of the structure. A car on the street was covered in rubble.
The collapse occurred before the normally busy flow of pedestrians and traffic. The neighbourhood is part of an officially designated historic district in the Tribeca section of Manhattan.
A neighbourhood businessman said he was worried about a homeless man who often slept outside the building.
Kody Tokar, who owns an elevator company across the street, and others who work in the neighbourhood had joked in the past that they didn't want to park there.
"The building looked like it was going to fall for a while," Tokar said.
He said the building had been empty for several years. He said something was being built next door, and there was excavation work being carried out.
- 2 Qataris pledge to expand Canary Wharf
- 3 #JeSuisEd: People share photos of themselves eating awkwardly in solidarity with Labour leader
- 4 Women think Irish men are the sexiest, survey finds
- 5 Florida couple forced to register as sex offenders for having sex on public beach
#JeSuisEd: People share photos of themselves eating awkwardly in solidarity with Labour leader
Florida couple forced to register as sex offenders for having sex on public beach
UK election candidates: 'Nasty party' Ukip faces fresh questions on eve of vote
Who should I vote for in the general election? Take The Independent's interactive quiz to find out which party's the right choice for you
Ohio 'Shawshank Redemption' fugitive Frank Freshwater arrested after 56 years on the run
In defence of liberal democracy
General Election 2015: Post-election 'shambles' looms as 70 per cent of voters say SNP 'should not be able to veto UK government policies'
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
General election live: Booths open at 7am across the country on polling day
£35000 - £40000 per annum + car and benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager...
£18000 - £20000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Helpdesk Analyst - Devon - £20,000 ...
£35000 - £50000 per annum + generous bonus: Ashdown Group: Business Analytics ...
£45000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: IT Project Coordinator (Software Dev...