She walked down the stairs of the five-story tenement that’s been home for the past 18 years but was stymied upon reaching the second floor landing. The problem? The staircase leading to the ground level was gone.
Renovations have been ongoing for the past couple of months. A notice posted in the lobby warned tenants that “repairs to the stairways” would begin Monday morning and continue through the week. “We strongly suggest that you stay out of the building during this time frame,” the notice read. But Gomes was more than a little surprised to learn the stairs had been completely ripped out.
The FDNY eventually arrived on the scene. She couldn't use the fire escape because the FDNY deemed it unsafe. Eventually the FDNY used a cherry picker and lowered her from a fourth-floor window. There's more, which you can read here.
According to the DOB, Ben Shaoul is the building's owner, The Lo-Down noted.