Violations, Records on Collapsed Buildings

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

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