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Building facade in Astoria partially collapses, injuring worker

City workers survey the damage at the site of a partial building facade collapse in Astoria. Photo by Karen Frantz
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A construction worker was injured Monday when the façade of a three-story building in Astoria that formerly housed a flower shop on the ground level partially collapsed, police and a friend of the building’s owner said.

The construction worker suffered from a laceration on his head and was not seriously injured, police said.

Elias Rizos, a friend of the building’s owner, said several stones from the façade fell when workers who were renovating the ground level to make way for a frozen yogurt shop exposed a rusty beam.

He said the damage was not serious and the building was structurally sound.

“It’s safe,” he said.

The building is at 31-17 30th Ave.

Reach reporter Karen Frantz by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4538.

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