Monday, August 22, 2011

Store Facades Collapse on Seventh Avenue

Store Facades Collapse on Seventh Avenue

August 21, 2011 9:46am

By Patrick Wall and Tom Liddy

DNAinfo Reporters

HARLEM — Facades from three storefronts on Seventh Avenue partially collapsed Saturday, sending bricks and other debris raining onto the sidewalk, officials and witnesses said.

But miraculously, no one was hurt in the chain reaction 5:30 p.m. incident, near 126th Street. 

"It's so amazing," said Salah Alsaidi, the owner of 2131 Deli Grocery, one of the affected stores. "A lot of people hang out [on the sidewalk] every day but today, no one was there."

His brother, Fehd Alsaidi, said that he was at the back of the shop when the bricks, awnings, and even a satellite dish came down.

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