There were frightening moments on the Upper East Side Sunday morning when a giant, 10-foot tall glass window pane plummeted from a high-rise condominium and shattered upon impact with a building overhang, crashing on the sidewalk below.
Upper East Site was there as building staff worked to clean up the shards of glass that sprayed more than 20 feet from the high-rise, well into traffic in front of 949 Park Avenue, between East 81st and 92nd Streets, after falling from the ninth floor on Sunday.
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No one was walking or standing below the large window pane when it tumbled from the 14-story Upper East Side condominium and thankfully, no injuries were reported as a result of the unnerving accident, which occurred just after 9:30 am.
FDNY officials say an eight-foot by eight-foot window panel was also removed from the building, while inspectors from the Department of Buildings issued a violation to the condo’s owner for Failure to Maintain.
Upper East Site has also learned that DOB ordered the owner to hire a New York State-certified Professional Engineer to submit a report of the building’s condition to the Department of Buildings within in the next 30 days.
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In the meantime, the building is also under orders to install a sidewalk shed — more commonly, but incorrectly described as scaffolding — at street level to protect pedestrians in the event of another accident.
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