Crews begin removing bricks after facade on Upper East Side partially collapsed

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UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan -- Work will continue all night and over the weekend until Monday to remove a section of bricks that fell off a building at 63rd Street and First Avenue on Manhattan's Upper East Side this week.

Street closures remain in place and traffic is slow along York Avenue and the FDR.

The NYC Buildings Department is working with the building owner and says crews hope to have the building secured by Monday.

Commissioner Rick Chandler says they believe brick ties, which secure sections of facade to the structural wall, rusted out or deteriorated. The building is at least 40 years old.

Work was being done on the exterior of another side of the building and permits were in place for the work.

Gaura V. Anand from Moti Mahal Delux Restaurant on 63rd Street estimates they will lose $50,000 during the closure.

21 residential units were temporarily vacated.