Debris from Billionaires’ Row building hits NYC cab, shuts part of W. 57th St. in Midtown
Debris from an 84-story building under construction on Midtown’s Billionaires’ Row punched a hole in the roof of a yellow taxi Thursday and forced the closure of part of W. 57th St. for the day.
No one was hurt in the scary incident, which the city Buildings Department said involved a piece of “terra cotta” from 111 W. 57th St.
“It sounded like something going through metal,” said Peter O’Brien, 48, the fire safety director at the Director’s Guild of America building across the street from the construction site.
“It was a cab, and the cab had a passenger. The passenger called 911 right away, which was the right thing to do. Before I knew it, there were emergency vehicles everywhere,” O’Brien added.
The building is going up over the former Steinway Piano showroom, and when finished will be one of the tallest and thinnest in the country. Apartments in the building are expected to sell for tens of millions of dollars. A 7,130 square foot unit on the 57th floor is priced at $57 million.
The structure topped out last year at 1,428 feet. Work on the project began in 2014.
In December, a piece of metal debris fell from 111 W. 57th St. on to a nearby roof, city records show. It was unclear if anyone was hurt in that incident.
And in January 2019, the Buildings Department issued a stop work order against the building when passersby noticed scaffolding attached to its side came loose and began swinging in high winds.
Falling debris from an old Midtown building killed architect Erica Tishman, 60, on Seventh Ave. near W. 49th St. on Dec. 17.
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