Around 250 firefighters responded last Thursday after a gas main leak caused an explosion that demolished three buildings in Manhattan’s East Village. 22 people were injured, four critically, and two people are thought to still be missing.
The explosion comes only a year after two buildings in Harlem collapsed after a gas leak last March, which killed eight and injured many more. The buildings were served by a 127-year-old gas main. Following the incident in 2014, industry experts warned that utilities in many parts of the U.S. were struggling to maintain or replace antiquated and leaky gas mains in older urban areas. Mains composed of cast iron or steel are the most vulnerable.
Legislation introduced by New York City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Queens) would prohibit the exterior and interior lighting at night for roughly 40,000 buildings. The bill is a part of the city’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. Decreased lighting usage is of particular interest to meet this goal as 70 percent of New York’s carbon emissions come from buildings in the city. The bill states that a $1000 fine will be issued for non-compliance.
A heating and air-conditioning unit weighing several tons fell 30 stories to the ground last Sunday. The incident occurred in Midtown Manhattan after the unit came untethered from a crane lifting it to the roof of an office tower at 261 Madison Ave. Seven people were injured including 5 passers-by and two construction workers.
On Tuesday, July 19th, in New York City, a crane collapsed causing few injuries and disturbance. The accident happened at midday in the Tappan Zee Bridge, while cars were crossing the bridge. "Fox news U.S. " mentioned that five people are injured and two cars crashed trying to avoid the falling crane. The injuries aren't serious but after the event, long delays inconvenienced the drivers.