Scaffolding Falls at Schwimmer House, Injuring Pedestrian

IMG_3152Stephen Rex Brown Firefighters at the Schwimmer house.

A small crane lifting construction material at the Schwimmer house knocked over a piece of scaffolding this afternoon, injuring a pedestrian below.

Frank McCarton, the deputy commissioner of operations with the Office of Emergency Management, said that the scaffolding struck the passerby at around 2:30 p.m. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital with a minor injury to his shoulder.

IMG_3155Stephen Rex Brown The fallen piece of scaffolding.

“He had a little redness, that’s it,” said a 30-year resident of the neighborhood who did not wish to give his name.

The so-called Schwimmer house at 331 East Sixth Street has been one of the most closely watched properties in the neighborhood since rumors started swirling last year that the six-story building belonged to the “Friends” star. The site was hit with a stop work order in November due to a complaint that construction was causing a property next door to shake. A townhouse built in 1852 used to sit on the lot.

IMG_3156Stephen Rex Brown The loader that knocked over the scaffolding.