Keeping the Outside Safe Securing Building Exteriors

Exteriors of buildings, including condo and HOA buildings, aren’t always smooth brick walls. There are all sorts of indentations and protrusions, from terraces to stonework to cornices. There are also items that are not part of the building, but are affixed to it, like scaffolds and window air conditioners. And if such items are poorly secured or loose, this could lead to disaster.

Every once in a while, New Yorkers will hear of a “high wind advisory,” usually in conjunction with a thunderstorm, hurricane, or nor’easter. And as strange as it may seem to people who equate tornadoes with places like Kansas and Oklahoma, Brooklyn and Queens saw two of them in recent years, one in 2010 and the other in 2012. 

If something is loose on the exterior of your building, high winds make them vulnerable, whether you’re in the city itself or the suburbs. There are also other causes, such as construction accidents or material that comes loose after a number of years:

Consider these incidents:

In May, a two-year-old girl was left brain-dead  and later died after bricks rained down on her and her grandmother. Terra cotta bricks fell from a window ledge of a seniors’ high-rise residential building on West End Avenue.


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