Work has been temporarily stopped at 201 East Broadway, a residential construction site, after an apparent mishap damaged a neighboring building.
A spokesperson at the Department of Buildings told us a few moments ago that city inspectors are on the scene to assess the situation. The sidewalk in front of the work site has been blocked off; pedestrians are having to walk into the street to pass through the area. The Educational Alliance building is located just to the west of the site.
Developer Daniel Wise is in the early stages of building a seven story modular apartment building at 201-203 East Broadway, the former home of United Hebrew Community of New York. We first heard about the situation from Daisy Paez, a local resident (she also happens to be running for district leader on the Lower East Side). Paez spoke with Wise, who told her an eight foot section of the tenement just to the east of the construction site came off today, causing DOB to issue a stop work order. He said no one was in the building at the time the accident happened.
We have a call into Wise and are awaiting more details from the Department of Buildings.
UPDATE 6/15 A vacate order went up at the neighboring building, 205 East Broadway, last night. The initial complaint was referred to the Department of Buildings’ excavation unit. According to city records, a full stop work order was issued. It was then “partially rescinded” in order to “perform emergency stabilization work.”