Thursday, April 14, 2016
Piece of Van Wyck collapses into Flushing Meadows parking lot
From CBS 2:
Some Queens residents said a popular parking lot is turning into a danger zone, and they blamed falling debris.
As CBS2’s Elise Finch reported, the parking lot sits under the busy Van Wyck Expressway, and near a popular recreation center.
People who frequent the area said they want to see long overdue repairs finally happen.
An enormous slab of concrete and metal has been all anybody visiting the Flushing Meadows Aquatic Center could talk a about lately. It looks as though it fell from the underside of the Van Wyck Expressway into the parking lot — just steps from the swim center’s entrance.
“This has become dangerous,” said Loida Papandrea of Little Neck, Queens. “You can see. You can see all the breakage. This is not the first time cement has fallen down if you just look at all the cracks.”
Shortly after noon on Tuesday, NYC Parks Advocates President Geoffrey Croft got multiple calls from people who work and play in the area. They said a huge chunk of debris fell 30 feet, narrowly missing several cars.
The slab measures 2 1/2 feet by 2 1/2 feet, and likely weighs more than 200 pounds.
Twenty-four hours later, it was still there.