The Department of Buildings stopped demolition work at the Museum of Natural History on Tuesday after a rope broke while it was lowering a concrete column, according to the city. There were no injuries or property damage. The museum is in the process of demolishing some structures to make way for its new educational center.
“During routine construction activity on the Gilder Center site yesterday, September 3rd, a cable broke as it was lowering a beam,” a museum spokesman wrote in a statement. “There were no injuries or damages. The project’s licensed site safety manager reported the incident to the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB), which then issued a Stop Work Order until an inspector is able to visit the site, which is expected shortly.”
The Department of Buildings returned on Wednesday, and gave the museum the go-ahead to start work on Thursday.
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