Bricks Fall From W. 119th Street Building Facade
HARLEM — Bricks fell Monday from the facade of a building at West 119th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard, but no one was hurt, said fire officials.
The debris fell from a 3-foot-by-5-foot section of the wall near the arched second story window of a building located at 2211-15 Frederick Douglass Boulevard at roughly 1:35 p.m. Monday.
The owner, Garden of Eden Associates, was issued a violation by the Department of Buildings for failure to maintain the structure.
Building management was unavailable for comment.
The building was still cordoned off hours later while officials examined the window. Fire officials said that an examination would be done to make sure the structure was safe.
DOB officials said later that an evacuation order was not issued for the building.
Janice Mason, 56, said she has lived in the building for 30 years. A renovation was completed five years ago, she said.
"When I came outside I saw all of these bricks and called 911," Mason said. "I usually sit outside of the building near there, but something recently told me not to sit there anymore."
DOB officials said they have no records of recent violations at the building.
Mason, however, said she wants the city to step in and make sure the building is safe.
"They need to do a full inspection to make sure that doesn't happen again," she said.