Bricks Tumble Four Stories at Lexington Ave. School Bus Stop
By Sonja Sharp and Nicole Bode
MANHATTAN — Bricks plummeted to the sidewalk from a fourth-story window at Lexington and 93rd Street Thursday morning, near a spot where students often wait for their buses to school, fire officials and witnesses said.
No one was hurt when the portion of the facade fell from 1440 Lexington Ave. at approximately 7 a.m. Thursday, and more than 106 firefighters responded to the scene within minutes, fire officials said. Officials said the building was built in 1910.
"I was serving coffee. All of a sudden we heard this big boom. At first I thought water fell out of the Poland springs truck across the street. Then I walked outside and saw part of the facade had fallen
off," said Maureen Cooley, 22, a barista at London Candy Company, which sells coffee and pastries to early morning customers.
"There's a bus stop here that picks up kids right where it happened. It picks them up at 7 [a.m.]. This happened a quarter to 7."
Howie Levine, 34, manager of the London Candy Company, added that the century-old building has undergone a lot of wear and tear since it was built.
"The subway's underneath here, rattling off 100 years."
He said the fire response was overwhelming.
"There must have been 10 fire trucks here for four bricks. It's the Upper East Side — doesn't get that busy up here."
The Department of Buildings was called to the scene, fire officials said, and the area was roped off.
The area is near the MTA stop for the M101, M102 and M103 bus.
The DOB did not immediately have information about the incident.