Demolition crews rolled into the Mary Help of Christians parking lot on Avenue A at East 11th Street late this afternoon...
Workers on the scene said that they would be taking out part of the upper wall of the East Side Community High School. The wall, adjacent to Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, was found to be separating from the rest of the structure yesterday.
A worker said that they wouldn't know the extent of the damage until they "get up in there."
We haven't heard an official comment just yet from East Side Principal Mark Federman. The address is also home to the Girls Prep Lower East Side Middle School.
A few more photos from late afternoon by Kimberly Fritschy via Facebook...
Updated: 8:19 p.m.
According to this notice from the Department of Education posted outside the school ...
The structural defect "will require the immediate demolition and subsequent rebuilding of that wall."
They expect the demolition work to take "several weeks," and there will likely be evening hours as well.