When Joshua Alvarado drops his son off at Public School 16 in the mornings, he often notices busy construction activity at the brick row houses on Wilson Street, across from the school. But he’s never expecting what happened this morning. At 9:15 a.m. firefighters rushed to the scene of a construction disaster at 146 Wilson Street on Williamsburg’s south side. After an illegal excavation project went wrong, the basement-level collapsed, injuring three construction workers.
Eight people are in the hospital after an apparent explosion and building collapse in Chinatown this afternoon.
Shi Zu Lie, a tenant of 17 Pike Street, was in his first-floor apartment when he heard an explosion and a wall fell on him. He managed to crawl out from under the rubble and was eating lunch on the sidewalk when we spoke to him through a translator. “I’m very scared and upset,” he said, his eyes red and scratches and cuts visible on an arm and a leg.