Stop Work: Kitchen table-sized plexiglas falls from One57

This is the third such incident at project in less than a year
March 17, 2015 09:34AM

Gary Barnett’s Extell Development was hit with a stop-work order at One57 after a 4-by-4 sheet of plexiglas fell from the building over the weekend, hitting two parked cars. No one was injured.

The plexiglas fell at 5:15 p.m. on Sunday night, according to the Wall Street Journal. The incident marks the third time that glass or plexiglas has fallen from the luxury tower, which is expected to complete construction within a few months. In late February, glass from One57  landed on a neighbor’s terrace, and last May, a windowpane also fell from the 22nd floor, landing in the street.

“We have been miraculously lucky that there hasn’t been any casualties or serious injuries,” Layla Law-Gisiko, who heads the local community board’s task force about concerns that Billionaires’ Row towers are casting shadows over the park, told the Journal.

“Glass is not falling from the building nor are windows falling from the building,” a spokesperson for Extell and its construction manager Lend Lease said. “This was a straight piece of Plexiglas, not glass related to the curved facade, which became dislodged.”

In January, the Department of Buildings issued a stop-work order at Macklowe Properties’  432 Park Avenue after an eight-foot-long pipe fell from the 81st story. [WSJ] — Tess Hofmann