[Photo by Steven]
In case you wandered what all the helicopters were doing circling...
According to NBC 4, someone noticed a 10-by-10 foot section of the facade starting to separate from the building on the 15th floor at the St. Mark, 115 E. Ninth St. at Third Avenue.
We'll update when more info comes through...
Yikes... you can see where the problem is...here between East Ninth Street and East 10th Street...
[Photo by Steven]
There are at least six firetrucks on the scene... and several small rescue vehicles. There isn't any word of injuries. And there are conflicting reports if any bricks actually fell to the sidewalk bridge below...
Thanks to Steven for the photos...
Updated 9:33 p.m.
Crews are on the scene shoring up the facade this evening...
Photos via EVG reader Christopher
Updated 10:30 p.m.
A resident of the building shared this "this poem/rant/list of questions" that someone put in the elevator tonight. "Tenants are pissed too," the resident told us.
Here's part of an updated report from CBS 2:
Initially, there were reports that bricks fell from the building, but the FDNY later said that was not the case.
There was no immediate threat to public because there was already a sidewalk shed in place, the FDNY said. Only three apartments were evacuated.
Late Wednesday, Third Avenue remained closed between 9th and 10th streets. It was not known when the street would reopen.
As of around 7 a.m.
Third Avenue remains closed between Ninth Street and 10th Street ... and East Ninth Street between Third Avenue and Fourth Avenue is also shut down.
Per ABC 7:
Firefighters have built a temporary wooden brace to keep bricks from falling from the 14th through 16th floors. The New York City Fire Department will remain on the scene with one engine until the facade is inspected by the engineer.
A boom truck is being used for more permanent repairs.
The building has 17 open Buildings Department violations, including one for facade safety. There is also an ongoing violation for failure to certify correction of a prior violation, which will require payment of a penalty to DOB.
On the ground level, workers have been tearing down the walls and gutting the former P&P Convenience Store, East Village Cheese (now on Seventh Street!) and Excel Art and Framing Store (now on the other side of Third Avenue!)... to help expand the Duane Reade on the East 10th Street corner.
Updated 1:30 p.m.
The streets around the building remain closed...
... and from the look of the photo via Steven... it appears just one worker is on the job now. Perhaps there are others inside...
Updated 2:30 p.m.
OK, there are several workers in the hanging scaffolding... as these photos via EVG reader Robert F. show...
...and the scene around the zone... Most of the storefronts between Ninth Street and 10th Street are vacant...
Previously on EV Grieve:
Rumors: Duane Reade expansion will take over adjacent storefronts, including East Village Cheese (74 comments)
East Village Cheese makes move to 7th Street official