NEW YORK -- A building in Little Italy will have to be demolished following .
The historic building,, will be knocked down.
The New York City Department of Buildings says an emergency demolition is needed because it is now a hazard to the public. That's because of a collapsed chimney and because of what the city describes as.
Inspectors say they discovered that work was being done without a permit after a wall collapsed Wednesday afternoon. Video obtained by CBS New York shows bricks falling outside, knocking over a construction fence as people nearby start running.
A, and a partial vacate order was issued for a neighboring commercial space.
Until last year, that building was home to the historic Alleva Dairy store. That piece of Little Italy's history will soon be reduced to rubble.
In a statement, Alleva Dairy owner Karen King said, "My heart just fell a couple of beats."
A crew is shoring the building now, and the city says the emergency demolition will begin next week.
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