You Could See Out to the Street:’ NYC Building Evacuated After Stories-Tall Crack Opens Up

By Ida Siegal

Lara Wilson can see through her wall.
That’s because her upper Manhattan apartment building has a gaping crack — at least a couple centimeters wide — up an exterior wall that has splintered up from the second floor to the roof. And the crack is growing — leading fire officials to hastily evacuate Wilson and nearly 30 other tenants while they assess the stability of the structure.
“Today, we looked out it and you could see out to the street,” she said. “So it’s pretty bad.”
Fire officials said it’s unclear what caused the crack at the building on East 96th Street and Second Avenue — directly over the new Second Avenue subway’s final stop.

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