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)
Updated at 8:42 AM EST on Monday, Jan 14, 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.