Part of abandoned building falls in Times Square
Section of building collapses in Times Square
No injuries reported
NEW YORK (CNN) -- Part of an abandoned six-story building
where 20,000 balloons for the Times Square New Year's Eve
celebration were stored collapsed in the square early
Tuesday, temporarily closing some of 42nd Street a day before
the annual celebration. No injuries were reported.
Peter Coleman of the Times Square Business Improvement
District said the balloons were recovered after the collapse
at 5:20 a.m. They were stored in a section of the building
that remained intact.
The combination of a winter storm and construction of a hotel
and entertainment center next door apparently caused the
collapse, city Buildings Commissioner Gaston Silva said. The
structure was built in 1926-27.
To minimize vibrations that could cause further collapse, the
New York Transit Authority was asked to reduce subway speeds
in the area on Manhattan's west side.
On December 7, a facade being repaired at Madison Avenue and
55th Street crumbled, slightly injuring two pedestrians and
forcing businesses to close during the busy holiday season.
Reuters contributed to this report.