A bunch of news outlets are reporting on two apartment buildings in Bushwick evacuated yesterday due to construction down the block. According to DNAinfo.com, the buildings at 418-420 Melrose Street suddenly developed cracks running up their sides and fronts, which residents believe were caused by excavation work at nearby construction site 424 Melrose. Complaints were filed with the Department of Buildings Monday and Tuesday before 911 was called yesterday. One resident tells the NY Daily News, “The vibrations were intensive. It was very aggressive. The door wouldn’t close due to settling.” After the evacuation, half the residents were able to return to their homes by evening; the rest had to stay elsewhere after taking a few belongings. The Red Cross provided emergency housing for 10 of the residents last night. The DOB issued five violations to the construction company at 424 Melrose Street.
Cracks Along Brooklyn Building’s Wall Prompts Evacuations [DNAinfo]
Brooklyn Apartment Buildings Evacuated after Construction Next Door Makes Structures Unsafe [NY Daily News]
Bushwick Building Evacuated Because of Cracked Foundation [DNAinfo]
Photo via DNAinfo
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