Monday, July 27, 2009

ATTENTION: Ryerson Chimney Collapse

Regarding the brick crumbling on 132 Ryerson posted on the NYT Local yesterday, here is the most up-to-date information we have at this time-

132 Ryerson is a privately-owned building. It was evacuated on Sunday (7/26) after significant heavy rains caused brick falling (the building borders, at the rear, 499 Myrtle Avenue, which houses La Stalla restaurant). A violation was issued that day to the owner for not properly maintaining the building. Building will remain closed until contractor completes emergency repairs (should be made within 48 hours). [summary of information posted on The Local]

The brick falling was due to the collapse of a "dead chimney" (out-of-use) onto the neighboring restaurant. On Sunday, the DOB Deputy Commissioner was out with representatives of the owner and an engineer examining the building. Additionally, part of neighboring building (with the restaurant) was temporarily evacuated.

Three families were evacuated from 132 Ryerson. The Red Cross has stepped in to deal with families. 132 Ryerson's owner is obtaining an engineer, and putting together a plan to repair building damage. DOB will take further steps to re-inspect building at that point.

All information may be altered to reflect current details. Please contact the office of Council Member James at (212) 788-7081 or if you have any further information (or want to correct any inconsistencies stated above).

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