Violations, Records on Collapsed Buildings | NBC New York

Violations, Records on Collapsed Buildings



    (Published Wednesday, March 12, 2014)

    Two Manhattan buildings were leveled Wednesday after an explosion caused by a gas leak.

    Here are some facts about the buildings.

    1644 Park Ave.:

    • Five stories
    • Six residential units
    • First-floor church
    • Permit issued for installation of 120 feet of gas piping in June 2013. Work completed June 21.
    • No Department of Buildings violations on record, except a notice of what happened Wednesday
    • 2 open violations from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, relating to needing a fireproof, self-closing door

    1646 Park Ave.:

    • Five stories
    • Nine residential units
    • Piano store
    • One open violation from the Buildings Department for "failure to maintain" after inspectors found vertical cracks in the rear. A fine was paid but the condition was not certified as corrected
    • 60 open violations from the Department of Housing and Preservation, including for a defective smoke detector, defective fire escape, vermin, missing carbon monoxide detector, defective sinks and faucets. HPD says 13 of those are from 2014, the others are from 2006 or older.

     --Pei-Sze Cheng and Ann Givens contributed reporting