Published December 26, 2012
NEW YORK – Residents have been ordered out of a landmark New York City building on Christmas after pieces of its facade fell off.
The Fire Department says no one has been injured, but the seven-story building in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood was being evacuated after the incident around 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Parts of some decorative pillars that stand between the building's windows have crumbled into a 4-to-5-foot-tall pile in the street.
A city Buildings Department spokesman hasn't immediately returned a phone message.
The block-long, 1887 building on Sixth Avenue was originally a department store. It was converted into 49 condominiums in recent years.
Buildings Department records show the facade was inspected in February and declared safe.
Records show some sprinkler system work and first-floor restaurant renovation have been under way in recent months.