NY1 reports that a “chunk” of the Washington Square Arch fell off to the ground overnight between Sunday and Monday. It happened when the Park was closed and no one was injured. The piece of the monument which “crashed to the sidewalk” was 6 inches by 10 inches according to the Parks Department.
Crews are working to inspect and repair the arch in Washington Square Park after a piece of it broke off and fell to the ground. …
No one was hurt.
The area has been cordoned off until crews can make repairs.
The structure underwent a $3 million restoration in 2006.
I reached out to the Parks Department for further information such as — who will be hired to figure out if something is wrong structurally, what the repair process is, etc. I will update accordingly. It’s a bit scary to say the least since there could easily have been someone there – there would have been – if it had happened at any time the park was open.