UPDATE: “There was not an actual ‘collapse’ but an irresponsible demolition of the house on 76th that compromised a wall and the adjacent Tanoreen structure,” Juamana Bishara from Tanoreen tells us.
UPDATE #2 (Jul 10 @ 5:40pm): Bishara tells us that the restaurant has been clearance to open, and expects to do so at 6pm this evening.
What neighbors called a partial building collapse on Thursday led to an emergency temporary closure of Bay Ridge’s best-known restaurant, Tanoreen (7523 Third Avenue). According to an ALLCAPS sign posted on the window of the side/takeout entrance:
Due to no fault of our own and in order to protect our staff and customers from potential risk, restaurant closed by the NYC building dept & FDNY due to an emergency in the adjacent building. Sincere apologies for any inconvenience. – Management
The neighboring brownstone, 311 76th Street, has been vacant since at least 2008, when the first complaint against the address was registered with the department of buildings, for having a wide-open front door. It remained abandoned-looking for years. But permits were filed in March to renovate the second floor for two-family use. According to the DOB database, approval was still pending when a complaint was lodged against the property last week, and a stop-work order was issued two days ago, according to another complaint; today, following its partial collapse, several more complaints were lodged, including unsafe construction site, demolition without a permit, failure to safeguard scaffold and no electrical application on file. Several two-by-fours were hastily propped up to keep the upstairs wall from toppling over.
The building was sold to Alice Ng in January 2014 for $700,000, according to department of finance records.
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