The playground at PS 199 on West 70th Street was closed by the city after wet concrete fell from 200 Amsterdam Avenue, the controversial 668-foot building being constructed next door.
The Department of Buildings issued a partial stop work order, preventing any work above 40 stories on that side of the building. They also issued violations to the general contractor and a subcontractor on the project and may issue more after investigation, a spokesperson told us.
PS 199 sent a notice to parents on Thursday that the school’s morning dropoff policy had changed due to the closure of the playground.
One PS 199 father, who asked to remain anonymous, said his son and his son’s friends were hit by debris while they were in the playground during recess. The Department of Buildings and Parks Department both said they had no reports of people being injured by falling concrete.
The father said he was disappointed in the school’s response and the site safety.
“This is troubling given the threat to the health and safety of PS 199 students and sounds eerily familiar given the previous issue 200 Amsterdam Avenue had with falling debris into the Lincoln Towers driveway,” the father said. “It is a real shame because the kids won’t be able to use the playground and have recess. I am a Lincoln Towers resident and feel that this building has been a total hazard during construction.”
Developer SJP Properties sent the following statement:
“During a recent concrete pour on the building’s final roof slab, a gust of wind sprayed concrete dust through the safety netting. While it was harmless, our construction manager and site safety director immediately contacted DOB to alert them of the matter. We have stopped all exterior work on the building while we implement additional safety measures to be approved by DOB. As we near the completion of the project, safety at and around the development site is and will continue to be our top priority.”