(photo credit: Ricardo)Reader Riccardo took the photos above earlier today of the long neglected building at 130 Third Street in Gowanus. Pieces of cement broke from the building's façade, perhaps after yesterday's heavy rain and wind. Though someone attached yellow caution tabs around the debris, Ricardo points out that this certainly is not enough to keep the public safe.
"This morning I went outside to find large chunks of concrete had fallen from the facade of the 'for sale' factory building at 130h Third Street on the corner of Bond.
This building has been for sale through Massey Knackal as long as I've been here and it's always been an eyesore and magnet for trash. Now it's a deadly safety hazard and the response seems to be half assed at best. It appears that the lintel from a third floor window fell away from the building and onto the sidewalk below. Some one, maybe the police cordoned off the debris with yellow police tape yet the rest of the sidewalk below the other possible hazards is still open to the public.
If you were approaching from the canal you may not realize that anything had fallen from the building until you got up close to the debris an realized that it wasn't just a cracked sidewalk but death from above. In my opinion if the police responded to this they didn't do their job fully. The entire area beneath this building should be taped off and some sort of danger warning sign should be put up. I'm sure the constant rumble and vibration from trucks and buses at this corner could shake another piece off at any moment. Obviously the owners will have to put up a shed and deal with this issue immediately."
Thankfully, no one was hurt this time, but it may be a good idea to cross the street instead of walking past the building.