Mars Bar Building Construction Accident Injures One

By DNAinfo Staff on December 7, 2011 2:51pm

Mars Bar, at the corner of Second Avenue and East First Street, closed in July 2011.
Mars Bar, at the corner of Second Avenue and East First Street, closed in July 2011.
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By Ben Fractenberg and Patrick Hedlund

DNAinfo Staff

EAST VILLAGE — Falling debris at the site of notorious former dive Mars Bar injured a construction worker Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

A worker at the site, located at 11 Second Ave. at the corner of East First Street, suffered a leg injury in the incident about 2 p.m. and was transported to Bellevue Hospital, the FDNY said.

Other workers at the scene said the injury was caused by falling wood.

A spokesman for the Department of Buildings said inspectors were at the scene investigating, but it was not immediately what caused the incident.

A complaint was logged by the DOB Thursday regarding the building "shaking/vibrating/structural stability affected," the agency's website said

The building was issued a demolition permit on Nov. 18 that is valid through Nov. 12, 2012, a DOB spokeswoman added.

The department received a complaint on Nov. 26 regarding alleged illegal after-hours demolition work, as well as one on Sept. 22 for "unsafe debris... leaning against the front of building."

No violations were issued by the DOB after inspectors found no evidence of wrongdoing.

The bar was closed in July to make way for a redevelopment project that will include a new 12-story building that contains apartments and commercial space.

Mars Bar will be given the opportunity to reopen in a space nearly four times its former size under the plan, after construction concludes in approximately two years, developers said.

 

Falling debris injured a worker at the site of the former Mars Bar on Second Avenue Thurs., Dec. 7, 2011.
Falling debris injured a worker at the site of the former Mars Bar on Second Avenue Thurs., Dec. 7, 2011.
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