Demolition of the vacant 15-unit, five-story tenement building at 116 Second Avenue is underway after last Sunday’s massive six-alarm fire in the East Village that devastated the adjacent and historic 128-year-old Middle Collegiate Church. The building is now entirely razed and the site has been mostly cleared, with only a pile of brick remaining on the eastern end of the property.
Photographs taken two days after the fire show crews working to remove the rubble from the site of the demolished building. The Middle Collegiate Church’s façade and steeple remain standing with most of the stone work across the profile largely spared of damage. However, everything behind it has been destroyed, with only heavily damaged remains of the walls left.
New pictures from December 12, a week after the fire, show the site almost fully cleared and work proceeding on the removal of debris from the church.
It’s likely that the corner site of 112 Second Avenue will be leveled, left empty, and fenced off for some time, much like 45 East 7th Street, which is located diagonally across the intersection. This is the site of the 2015 gas explosion that destroyed 119, 121, and 123 Second Avenue and killed two people, but is now home to a newly constructed seven-story condominium building designed by Morris Adjmi Architects.
Last week’s three-building blaze required 44 units with 198 firefighters to contain the inferno, and four firefighters suffered minor, non-life-threatening injuries.