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East Village stairwell COLLAPSES, leaving dozens of party-goers trapped on roof

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Emergency crews had to rescue over 30 college-aged people from a rooftop in the East Village when a stairwell collapsed during a party.

An East Village party came to an abrupt end early Sunday morning when a stairwell collapsed, sending one reveler crashing two stories below onto stairs and trapping dozens others on the roof.

The college kids were enjoying a party on the roof of 159 2nd Avenue at East 11th Street when they discovered a giant hole in the stairwell, and one of their friends missing.


The stairwell where the party-goer fell, leaving him in critical condition.

One of the party-goers has fallen two stories and was trapped in the rubble below. The more than 30 other young people were trapped on the seven-story building’s roof.

“I look down and I can see only see one arm; the arm’s not moving. I thought, ‘Oh my god, this is serious. He was unconscious; there was blood,” Martin Barshai told the Daily News.


The man fell two stories through a hole in a stairwell leading up to the building’s rooftop.

The man who fell was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he is in critical but stable condition. Emergency crews rescued the rest of the people using a cherry-picker.

The Department of Buildings is currently investigating what may have caused the stairwell to collapse.

1 Comment

  • Mike

    From looking at the pictures it appears that it was the staircase landing that collapsed, not the staircase itself. Even though the staircase appears to be metal, the landing was perhaps made of wood, which makes it the weakest link in the stairway construction.

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