Residents fear high-rise will replace Citibank after fire

TRD New York /
Jan.January 13, 2014 01:45 PM

A building fire can create fear — not just for the safety of residents, but for the fate of the property itself. City Council member Mark Levine, who represents Upper Manhattan, said neighbors are concerned that a six-alarm blaze at a Citibank in Morningside Heights will lead to a high-rise building replacing it – thus disrupting the flavor of the neighborhood.

“There is a constant fear of new development out of scale with the existing neighborhood,” Levine wrote on Twitter.

The two-story bank branch at 2861 Broadway Near West 111th Street was on fire for more than 30 hours both Saturday and yesterday. Three civilians and five firefighters suffered minor injuries. The blaze raged on after a floor collapsed just as firefighters had contained the blaze, published reports show.

Fire officials do not suspect arson, the New York Times said. [NYT]Mark Maurer

Related Articles


WeWork’s rivals smell blood, Morningside Heights rezoning drama: Daily digest

Council member Vanessa Gibson (Credit: New York City Council)

Commercial landlords face new fines as City Council passes anti-harassment bill

The Brodsky Organization's Daniel Brodsky and 400 West 113th Street (Credit: Getty Images and Google Maps)

Brodsky Org buys rental building from church for $57M

Council Members Robert Holden and Keith Powers with images of REBNY’s recently launched social media campaign (Credit: Facebook, New York City Council, REBNY)

Proposal to cap rental brokers’ commission loses steam as 3 sponsors drop out

Speaker of the New York City Council Corey Johnson (Credit: Getty Images and iStock)

City Council approves package of 17 bills to strengthen tenant protections

City Council seeks to ramp up oversight of vacant property

City Council approves Wu-Tang Clan District

Lendlease, L+M bringing 175-unit mixed-use project to seminary site