Most of a lower Manhattan building collapsed, with only two walls left standing, early Friday morning.
The Fire Department received the call about parts of the structure collapsing at 21 Park Place around 3:30 a.m. The building is under construction/demolition—a permit allows for all non-load-bearing partitions, walls, floor, door, ceiling, lightning fixtures, and frames to be removed—and had scaffolding outside it, but bricks and part of the building were scattered on the sidewalk. It is where camping and hiking store Tent and Trails used to be located.
FDNY Department Chief Frank Leeb described the situation, “From the roof, all the way to the first floor, in a pancake which is a straight down fashion. There is no visual sign from outside, so just from looking at it out here, you will only see minor damage to the building on the left hand side.”
“We were sleeping and then we heard firemen on our roof, and they had gotten up there by the ladder,” a neighbor told WABC 7. “One of the firemen said that the interior of that building with that scaffolding had collapsed, and you can actually see daylight through those upper windows.”
Residents from neighboring buildings were evacuated.