Construction worker killed after falling down a shaft at Queens site

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Rendering of 3-50 St. Nicholas Avenue (Image from AB Capstone).

A construction worker died on April 6 after falling about 20 feet down a shaft at a Queens site, New York City fire department officials (FDNY) said.

NBC-4 reported that FDNY units responded to a building on St. Nicholas Avenue near Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood after learning that a person had fallen down a large hole.

The man later died in Wyckoff Hospital from his injuries, police said.

New York Department of Buildings inspectors reported that the worker was on the ground floor moving a plywood board, when he slipped and fell about 20 feet down a hole into the basement below.

Several members of the construction crew said that the worker was in his mid- to late-30s, and had a wife and children, NBC reported.

The building at 3-50 St. Nicholas Avenue, when completed, will be 17 stories tall. There was an earlier accident when a fence gate at the site fell and hit a worker (resulting in a DOB violation for failing to report the injury), the broadcast report said.

New York YIMBY reported in January 2021 that Arch Companies and AB Capstone had secured $106 million in construction financing from Madison Realty Capital for the mixed-use tower at the site.

The published report said the building would, when complete, have 284,000 sq. ft., including 130,000 sq. ft. of retail space and 133 rental apartments. Thirty percent of the apartments will be reserved for affordable housing. The retail component, while not yet confirmed, will be divided into two large spaces and marketed to big-box retailers.

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