On June 21, 2009, a four-story building on 493 Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill collapsed in the midst of construction around 2:00PM. The building housed Vespers Bar. The few people in the building at the time suffered minor injuries, and all appropriate City agencies responded quickly. Everyone on Myrtle Avenue between Hall and Ryerson Streets were temporarily evacuated following routine precautions, and bus line were re-routed (also temporarily). Council Member Letitia James was also at the scene to survey the damage.
The building had a list of violations on it, including an unrepaired crack running along the side. The collapse damaged a residential building next store, leaving those residents without a home. A young woman, Caitlyn, who is graduating from public school this Thursday was a victim of the collapse, and now needs attire appropriate for her graduation. If you are interested in helping her, please make-out your donation to “Jose Nunez”. All checks can be brought or mailed to PS 157 at 850 Kent Avenue [Principal Torres]. If you can donate clothing to Caitlyn, or wish to donate to any victim, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org where we may be able to facilitate such a donation. We will expand on this situation as more details come forth.
For more information:
See NY1- http://ny1.com/Default.aspx?ArID=101115
The NYT-Local- http://fort-greene.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/21/vesper-building-on-myrtle-collapses-no-major-injuries/
and Gothamist- http://gothamist.com/2009/06/21/brooklyn_building_on_myrtle_avenue.php
*Photo courtesy of the ClintonHillBlog (lesterhead).