High Winds the Last Straw for 194 Columbia Heights


163 Washington wasn't the only property that suffered at the hands of mother nature yesterday. According to a tipster who snapped these photos, Columbia Heights had to be closed off yesterday because the high winds caused parts of the roof at 194 Columbia Heights to fly off yesterday. The accident came as no surprise to neighbors: Ever since getting caught up in a divorce dispute in the 1980s, the property has been neglected, DOB orders ignored and fines unpaid. Perhaps there will be a silver lining to yesterday's accident and the owner will now be forced to bring the building up to snuff. A recent close-up photo of the building can be seen here. The winds resulted in one worker death on Staten Island and lots of other destruction around the city. GMAP

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