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Brooklyn bulding crashes to the ground, 1 hurt: ‘the loudest boom or bang I ever heard’

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A three-story Brooklyn building housing a gym collapsed Wednesday afternoon, leaving one person injured and a massive pile of rubble and debris strewn on the street.

The building at the corner of Court and Union streets in Carroll Gardens came crashing down at around 4:30 p.m. in the tony neighborhood.

Officials said that the building – home to Body Elite Gym for the past 36 years – was vacant at the time of the collapse.

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Firefighters standing near the collapsed multistory building in the Carroll Gardens neighborhood of the Brooklyn, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

But the man who was injured was inside the building’s second-floor and was able to escape with minor injuries, FDNY officials said.

He was taken to NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, sources said.

The NYPD was seen using K9 units to search the wreckage in the immediate aftermath of the collapse.

FDNY and Department of Buildings crews will be sifting through the rubble overnight in search of any other potential victims, FDNY Fire Operations Chief Thomas Richardson said at a Wednesday night press briefing.

Carroll Gardens resident Vincenza Rizzuto, 35, who was nearby at a traffic light on Carroll and Court streets, said she heard the collapse.

“It was a huge boom and then people screamed and smoke was all over,” Rizzuto said, adding, “It felt like the ground shook.”

“It was the loudest boom or bang I ever heard,” said Rizzuto, who quickly called 911. It almost sounded like something exploded.”

The building had been under construction and scaffolding had been up on the Union Street side.

A partial stop work order was issued at the building on June 10 for a construction violation related to three construction workers involved in masonry demolition, according to the city’s Department of Buildings.

City records say that a roughly 20-foot by 15-foot masonry brick wall had been “dangerously bulging over public sidewalk. No protection provided.”

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Officials standing near the rubble of the collapsed building. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Timothy Hogan, DOB’s Deputy Commissioner of Enforcement, said Wednesday night the agency was still working to determine the cause of collapse.

But Hogan noted “that there were some issues with the facade.”

“There was a bulge in the exterior wall and that was one of the things that they were here about the stop-work order, because of the way they were performing the work,” Hogan said.

Hogan said the remains of the building will be demolished.

Robert Alimena, 58, who has owned the gym since it opened, told The Post that the building’s landlord was having cosmetic brick and stucco work done on the exterior of the building.

“There was nobody in the building,” Alimena said, noting that the gym – which takes up all three floors of the building – had been closed due to the coronavirus crisis.

Alimena said he was in “total shock” by the collapse, which left the building looking like a fallen house of cards.

“I don’t even know what to say. I’m looking at the pictures and I’m like, ‘wow,’” said the longtime gym owner.

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The building had been shuttered during the coronavirus pandemic. Building inspectors ordered a halt to some construction work at the location because of structural problems just three weeks before the collapse. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

“The good news is as far as we know, no one was in the building, so my people are good,” Alimena said. “So they’re trying to determine at this point whether anyone was walking by the building when this came down.”

Alimena noted that the building is designated as a “factory building” and was “structured for the right amount of weight.”

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He said the “heaviest” gym equipment was on the building’s lower floor and “not on the upper levels, so that’s why we’re confused here because there really wasn’t a lot of heavy weight in the gym.”

“As far as I’m concerned, it looks like I have a complete loss here. I don’t think we’re ever going to rebuild,” said Alimena.

One witness, Lisa Chiesa, said the collapse reminded her of the 9/11 terror attacks.

“When I came out of the house it was all black powder coming my way. Of course I just ran inside,” said Chiesa, 63.

Liz DiMartino, who owns Brownstone Real Estate, across the street from the building said, “We just heard a rumble” as the building was coming down.

“There was really no warning. Everything just kind of whited out for a few minutes and then the building was down,” she said.

DiMartino added, “I’m just thanking God the gym was closed.”

One neighborhood resident said that the Union Street side of the building had been “bulging out for years.”

“It was plainly visible when you were on the sidewalk,” said Robert Anthony.

City inspectors cited the structure for “major cracks on the exterior wall” in 2019 and “a horizontal crack and bulge” on the side of the building in 2006, Department of Buildings records show.

The building is owned by Union & Court Realty Corp, which lists Ki Hyo Park as their chief executive officer, public records show. Park did not immediately return requests for comment.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio’s outgoing spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein said the mayor has been briefed on the situation.

Carroll Gardens was previously rocked by a freak building collapse in 2012 when the exterior wall of a four-story brownstone on Carroll Street fell down.

Additional reporting by Larry Celona.

This story first appeared in the New York Post.

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman faces swarm of cops with ‘guns drawn’ after mistaken for car thief

Brian Cashman was swarmed by a group of Connecticut police officers who drew their firearms on the Yankee general manager Friday when he was apparently mistaken for an armed car thief, The Post has learned.

The 52-year-old GM of the Bronx Bombers was driving his white Jeep Wrangler from Yankee Stadium to Connecticut after it was reported stolen last Saturday, according to team sources.

The NYPD had found his vehicle abandoned in the Bronx and returned it to him earlier this week.

Cashman was attempting to get to the Norwalk Police Department to have his car processed for evidence on Friday when he stopped at a gas station in Darien.

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“And that’s when apparently the circumstances radically changed,” Cashman told The Post.

“I had a welcoming committee descend upon me as I pulled out of that gas station.”

“I had a welcoming committee descend upon me as I pulled out of that gas station.”

— Brian Cashman, New York Yankees general manager

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New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Cashman speaks to reporters at Yankee Stadium on Dec. 6, 2017, in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Getty Images)

According to Cashman, Darien cops were already “responding to someone in a white Jeep that was brandishing a gun in a local doctor’s office.”

To make matters worse, when Darien police ran Cashman’s license plates, the vehicle came up stolen because “the NYPD never took me off the stolen car list,” he said.

As Cashman pulled out of the gas station as many as five patrol cars zoned in on him and between six to nine officers got out of their cars with their “guns drawn,” he said.

“They executed a very tactful interception,” Cashman said.

“They’re clearly very professional and trained and they asked me to turn my car off, exit the vehicle, walk backwards towards them…they were executing their duty.”

Cashman said he was told to “not make any rash movements” as he exited his Jeep.

“They searched my car, asked for my ID,” he said. “I explained what was going on.”

“They’re clearly very professional and trained and they asked me to turn my car off, exit the vehicle, walk backwards towards them…they were executing their duty.”

— Brian Cashman, New York Yankees general manager

Cashman said the dramatic ordeal took roughly 15 minutes before he was back in his car being escorted by Darien police to the Norwalk Police Department.

“They went through their process,” Cashman said, adding that he was escorted to the police department because “it was possible I would be tripped up again” since his car was still reported stolen.

Surprisingly Cashman said “I knew exactly what I was in for” when the Darien cops closed in on him because shortly before that he got a call from Westchester County police about his stolen car.

“They called my cell while I was driving and I tripped up something on my drive up,” he said.

“They asked me if I was driving my vehicle because they got a hit on my stolen car driving up the Hudson.”

According to Cashman, he reported his Jeep stolen last Sunday morning with the Norwalk Police Department and on Tuesday the NYPD called him saying his car was found abandoned in the Bronx.

The vehicle was towed to a local auto shop where he could pick it up.

“I retrieved it on Wednesday and I called Norwalk [police],” he said.

“They wanted to process it for evidence…I told them I can get them the car Friday.”

Cashman said he’s “curious” how the car he had returned to him and even paid the towing fee for when it was still listed as stolen.

“My vehicle should have been removed [from the stolen database] before being returned to me,” he said.

“Someone did not remove it from the stolen list…it’s a mistake, but at least nothing harmful came from that.”

A law enforcement source told The Post that the NYPD should have contacted cops in Darien and alerted them that the car was found in order for the alarm to be removed.

“The alarm should’ve been removed before he received the car,” the source added.

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Darien police did not return a request for comment on Friday.

Cashman said that there was a positive to his wild experience.

“The public should take encouragement when someone is in a stolen vehicle they’re not going to get very far,” he said.

“I have high respect for all law enforcement. They do an amazing job whether you’re in Connecticut and New York City — and sometimes unique circumstances can occur.”

As for Cashman’s Jeep Wrangler, “I’ve been told it’s officially off the [stolen] list.”

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