The owner of a Manhattan building connected to a piece of sidewalk that collapsed while a woman stood on it Friday has been fined by the city, the Department of Buildings said Saturday.
Owner of Building Connected to Collapsed Sidewalk Issued Violation
A woman is recovering after a piece of sidewalk she was standing on suddenly collapsed. News Four's Checkey Beckford has more. (Published Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013)
Forward Realty, which owns 301 East 60th Street, by Second Avenue, was issued a violation for failing to maintain the Upper East Side property after a woman fell through concrete near the building.
Department of Buildings investigators said a further investigation revealed the steel doors leading to the vault were defective and a staircase leading to the first floor commercial space was loose.
The 31-year-old Queens woman was standing under an awning waiting for the bus when a 4-by-6-foot slab of concrete gave way under her. She fell 7 feet into the basement, and was rescued by firefighters.
Fire officials described the woman as heavyset, and said this made the rescue precarious. She was rescued by a device similar to a crane, officials said, and was conscious throughout the process.