Building Collapse Prospect Heights 658 Washington Avenue

The roof of an under-construction building at 658 Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights collapsed around 9 a.m. this morning. No injuries have been reported.

DOB records confirm the collapse and building evacuation at the already long-vacant structure. The fire department called for the DOB to inspect the site “due to roof collapse of building under permitted alteration.” Above, the site in 2014. (more…)


A four-story building in Bed Stuy partially collapsed around 2:30 pm this afternoon, said the New York Post. The building was empty and three people had minor injuries from falling debris, according to tweets.

The building is located at 1438 Fulton Street (the Post incorrectly ID’d it as 1426 Fulton Street). The owner, Moses Strulowitz of CS Real Estate, is developing a large mixed-use complex here with 74 units, as we have reported before. (Incidentally, he’s the brother-in-law of murdered developer Menachem Stark).

Pictures and tweets from the scene below. (more…)


Yesterday, a commenter tipped us off to a construction accident in Clinton Hill. According to no-permits:

“there was a partial collapse and a worker who fell off a scaffold at 128 cambridge today. this is next to a very slow moving new construction project at 132 cambridge. 132 was a wood frame with a lot of potential that i don’t even know how they tore down because the block is landmarked.”

More info after the jump.


The top of the facade on this brownstone at 424 Jefferson Avenue in Bed Stuy collapsed early yesterday evening, a reader let us know. Luckily, no one was hurt, he said. We managed to snap a few pics this morning. The debris was mostly all cleaned up by then.

We’re not sure what caused the collapse — it could have been a falling tree branch — but the owners appear to have been working on adding height to the top floor, from what we can tell from PropertyShark photos from January and earlier. Click through for more photos. The one at the end is from our tipster, and was taken just before the collapse, he said.

Did anyone see this last night or does anyone have more info about what happened?


The new townhouse that is being built to replace the one that collapsed in July 2012 at 241 Carroll Street will be made of brownstone. “The new building will have a brownstone facade, a full stoop, and will blend in with the rest of the block,” developer Gino Vitale told the Brooklyn Paper. Each floor will have a balcony in back, and the whole thing will be made of concrete and steel.

Owner Howard Schneider said he and his family are still shaken by the collapse and are not sure they want to live in the building. Luckily, he and his family were out of town when the side of the brownstone crumbled in the middle of the night, because the children’s bedrooms were located in the “kill zone,” the paper said. No one was hurt in the incident. Construction started a month ago and is scheduled to finish in six to eight months.

Owner of Collapsed Brownstone Says He’s Scared to Live in Its Replacement [BK Paper]
New Building Will Replace Collapsed Brownstone on Carroll Street [Brownstoner]
Collapsed Carroll Gardens Home Is Almost Gone [Brownstoner]
241 Carroll Street Partially Collapses, Demo to Come [Brownstoner]
Photo by Katia Kelly of Pardon Me for Asking


We just got word from a tipster that the rear facade of the building at 288 16th Street in South Slope has collapsed. Anyone know anything more about it?

Update: A neighbor emailed us to say: “According to DOB’s BIS system, FDNY called for an emergency vacate. From what I can tell there were no permits for work. The latest were plans disapproved this summer for a conversion to a one family residence. Once again, and I hate to sound like broken record, illegal work begets unsafe work. I am glad no one was hurt.”

Another neighbor emailed, “I live up the street and just took a peek. It looks like there are two brick buildings that are attached. The one not on the corner but with the entrance on 16th appears to no longer have a back wall. No bricks of the back wall are visible. You see wood studs and the like. The building on the corner looks intact and it appears firemen are standing on the deck off the second floor of the corner structure. I don’t really know what they are doing at this point. A few fire trucks remain on scene not as many as were first here. Didn’t hear anything about injuries or if other neighboring structures were affected.”

Is it just us or does it seem like these sorts of things happen too often? Click through to the jump for another view.


A Park Slope house partially collapsed inside, sending the owner and a police officer to Methodist Hospital with minor injuries, according to the Brooklyn Daily. The officer fell through a hole in the floor, “sending the injured owner into a frenzy,” according to the paper. Neighbors said she was led out in handcuffs after refusing to leave. The owner was fined $2,500 in April for building code violations after more than 100 containers were discovered on the roof of the building. The owner has an “open case with Adult Protective Services,” the paper said. The house is located on 1st Street between 7th and 8th avenues.

Run-Down Park Slope Brownstone Partially Collapses [Brooklyn Daily]
Photo by PropertyShark

The dilapidated home at 578 Carlton Avenue (the one on the right, above) is again coming before Landmarks, which this time will consider an application to restore the building. An application “to deconstruct portions of the building to address hazardous emergency conditions” hit the LPC earlier this summer. Next Tuesday Landmarks will hear an application “to reconstruct the secondary facades, replace the front entrance hood, construct a rear yard addition, and excavate the cellar and the rear yard.” The owners of the wood frame at 580 Carlton were attempting a large-scale renovation last summer but caused a partial building collapse at No. 578 next door. While the owners of 578 Carlton are taking action to save the building, things aren’t looking so good at 580 Carlton. It’s not much more than a supported facade at this point. According to signage on the construction fence, the DOB attempted to inspect what’s left of the building earlier this week.
Prospect Heights Row House Needs Some Help [Brownstoner]

Things are not looking good for the two dilapidated homes at 578 and 580 Carlton Avenue, in Prospect Heights, where it appears that a developer hoping to flip 580 Carlton for big bucks instead bungled the renovation and imperiled the house next door at 578 Carlton. The house at 580 Carlton, which sold for $480,000 in 2011, was reduced to a mere facade during renovations — a state in which it remains today. Then the neighboring building, No. 578, partially collapsed during those renovations last summer. Now, it looks like the owners of No. 578 have finally decided to take action: According to the Landmarks Preservation agenda for June 18, a hearing is scheduled for “578 Carlton Avenue… An altered Italianate style row house built c. prior to 1855. Application is to deconstruct portions of the building to address hazardous emergency conditions.” Right now there’s a tarp over the rear, as well a wooden frame jutting out from the back into the backyard. So it seems like No. 578 is in a pretty bad state, especially if measures aren’t taken soon. What a nightmare.
Oldest House in Prospect Heights Now Just a Front [Brownstoner]
House of the Day: 580 Carlton Avenue [Brownstoner]
Renovations Planned for 580 Carlton Avenue [Brownstoner]
Customize 580 Carlton Avenue for $2 Million [Brownstoner]
Work Begins on Prospect Heights’ Hard-Knock 580 Carlton [Brownstoner]