Brooklyn Billboard Topples Onto Expressway
By ANDY NEWMAN and SAMUEL GOLDSMITH
Brian Harkin for The New York Times
An illegally placed New York Lottery billboard brought bad luck to drivers and buildings in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Friday when it collapsed in high winds — partly blocking the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, knocking a hole in a body shop, severing a gas line and damaging a car, but injuring no one.
The billboard, 20 feet by 60 feet and mounted on a six-story-high metal frame atop a one-story brick building at 421 Meeker Avenue, fell at about 2:20 p.m., the authorities said. The billboard landed on Meeker Avenue and on the guard rail of the elevated expressway.
The billboard’s metal supports fell onto the building itself, partly collapsing the back wall, the Fire Department said. At least two other buildings sustained damage, the Buildings Department said.
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