Metro-North Service Suspended After Building Collapse
By Sewell Chan, NY Times
Service on all three of the Metro-North Railroad’s lines — the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines — was suspended at 3:15 p.m. after a vacant building collapsed at 124th Street and Park Avenue, one block from the 125th Street station in Harlem, where all three lines stop on their way to and from Grand Central Terminal. An untold number of trains and passengers were left waiting for service to resume. Passengers on trains at stations were told to leave and find alternative means of travel.
There were no reports of any injuries. A wall of the building, at 102 East 124th Street, collapsed around 1 p.m., and after city workers responded to the scene, the rest of the building fell, officials said. The stability of an adjacent vacant building, at 100 East 124th Street, has been compromised, and the building will be demolished imminently as a precaution, officials said.
According to property records, both properties are owned by Kushner Companies, a property management firm based in Manhattan and Florham Park, N.J. Jared C. Kushner, a principal of the firm, is the owner and publisher of The New York Observer.
The Police and Fire Departments directed the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to suspend service, out of concern that the vibrations of the moving trains could lead to further damage, M.T.A. officials said.
Consolidated Edison has cut power to the site and the Department of Environmental Protection has cut water to the site.
Northbound traffic on the east side of Park Avenue from 123rd to 125th has been suspended, as has traffic on East 124th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues.
“They don’t want rumbling to weaken the parts of the building that are still standing,” said Marjorie S. Anders, a Metro-North spokeswoman. “So far we don’t have any debris on the tracks but I’ve been told if the building collapses further, we might.”
Passengers on what was to have been the 3:10 p.m. Hudson Line train reported heard announcements directing them to leave the train and find alternative means of travel.
Kevin Flynn contributed reporting.
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