Brooklyn resident Maria Tripp, age 47, was killed while crossing Atlantic Avenue late Thursday afternoon. Authorities tell NBC New York that Ms. Tripp was attempting to cross at the intersection of Atlantic and Ralph when she was struck by a westbound Chevrolet Impala driven by a Secret Service agent. Ms. Tripp was taken to Interfaith Hospital where she died from injuries to her head and body. Read More
Blame it on the builders.
Breeze International, the firm demolishing a Manhattanville building for Columbia that collapsed yesterday and claimed one life, just released a statement addressing the cause of the accident. The firm’s investigation found that an unusual construction configuration appears to be the reason the building was destabilized and collapsed.
Because the structural beam the demo crew severed was not properly connected to the rest of the structure, when it was cut, everything else came down around it. Breeze points to a lack of construction drawings from when the building was built between eight and 10 decades ago as to why the unusual connection was not initially recognized. Read More
Following today’s warehouse collapse in Manhattanville that killed a construction worker, Columbia University released a statement expressing its sympathies for the family.
“First and foremost, our hearts go out to the family, friends and co-workers of the construction worker who was killed in this tragic incident, and our thoughts remain with the two other workers who were injured this morning and their loved ones,” the university said in a brief statement.
The building was being taken down to make way for a public plaza that is part of the university’s second phase, which remains years away. The scheduling of the construction work was not immediately clear—why demolish now to leave vacant for later. Read More
The new Columbia campus in Manhattanville has had its share of problems from community protests to eminent domain lawsuits. Now comes the worst incident yet, as a building being demolished by the university collapsed today, trapping three construction workers inside, according to DNAinfo, one of whom died shortly after being pulled from the rubble. Read More
The city Department of Buildings and the Department of Investigation announced the findings today from their investigation into the deadly 2011 elevator accident at 285 Madison Avenue that killed Young & Rubicam executive Suzanne Hart in rather horrific fashion, and both agencies confirmed that maintenance workers failed to repair the elevator up to city safety standards days prior to the incident. Read More
The Observer was forwarded an email from Young & Rubicam Global Chief Executive Officer David Sable, who confirms that it was Y&R’s Director of New Business Content and Experience Suzanne Hart who was killed in this morning’s freakish elevator accident at 285 Madison Avenue.
According to our source, everyone in the office will Read More
In what is perhaps every New Yorker’s worst fear, an elevator suddenly ascended as a woman was entering it, killing her and injuring two others.
The accident happened at some point around 10:30 A.M. inside 285 Madison —the soon-to-be former home of advertising giant Young & Rubicam.
The NY Post reports:
The victim, Read More
The New York Post this morning reports that former city schools chief Cathie Black, like Lizzie Grubman and Jay Gatsby before her, had a crack-up in the Hamptons this weekend, smashing her SUV into a tree while leaving a party. Her publicist tells The Post that Ms. Black was not inebriated; nor was Read More
The boy who collided with Lamar Odom’s car last Thursday has died as a result of injuries he sustained during the accident. Mr. Odom was a passenger in the SUV that hit the Queens teenager.
The incident occurred in Jamaica, Queens where, in a tragic twist of fate, Mr. Odom was allegedly attending a cousin’s Read More
The Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, is kind of dangerous. He seems to leave a path of minor destruction wherever he goes. The most recent incident occurred this morning at a Long Island air field. Air Force Two was taking off from Gabreski Airport when the jet wash from Biden’s Read More