#Manhattan *UNSTABLE BUILDING* 28 Ave B & E 2 St. #FDNY has cracks from 1st to 2nd floor. Building has been evacuated & req buildings dept
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) April 16, 2013
This is the building with Croxley Ales on the ground floor...
This was filed with the DOB at 3:48:
Re: FDNY REQUESTS A STRUCTURAL STABILITY INSPECTION DUE TO VERTICAL CTACK AT REAR OF BUILDING FROM THE 1ST TO TOP FLOOR AND
Category Code: 30 BUILDING SHAKING/VIBRATING/STRUCT STABILITY AFFECTED
Construction recently started in the empty lot next door on a new 6-story apartment building...
Via EVG reader David... firefighters waiting across the street...
Unconfirmed reports that adjacent buildings have also been evacuated...
[EVG reader David]
Avenue B between East Second Street and East Third Street remains closed...
Updated 6 p.m.
Here's more information via DNAinfo, who reported that the evacuation occurred after debris started falling from the building's fifth floor earlier in the afternoon.
A woman who has lived in 28 Avenue B for 20 years said she started to notice cracks in her ceiling after construction started in a vacant lot at 26 Avenue B next-door to her building.
"It was shaking the building," said the woman, who would only give her first name, Charlotte, 40.
Also,the following report is on the DOB website now for 26 Avenue B, where the 6-story building is under way: "EXCAVATION WORK HAS UNDERMINED ADJACENT PROPERTY."
Joe Ferrante, an FDNY battalion chief, told DNAinfo that excavation "possibly contributed" to the damage. The developer did not have a comment yet from the developer.
Updated 6:49 p.m.
The DOB ordered that residents must stay out of 28 Avenue B for the foreseeable future
[Photo via @zigisitch]
Updated 7 p.m.
Avenue B is now back open between Second and Third.
Previously on EV Grieve:
[Updated] 6-story apartment building ready to rise from the former Croxley Ales beer garden