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UWS Building Owners Face Jail After Bricks Fell and Killed Baby, City Says

(DNAINFO)  Aidan Gardiner | September 23, 2016 — The owners of The Esplanade were charged after bricks fell and killed Greta Greene, 2, officials said.

The city hit the owners of an Upper West Side building with criminal charges more than a year after bricks from its facade fell and killed a 2-year-old girl.

Alexander Scharf and Esplanade Venture Partnership, who own The Esplanade at 305 West End Ave., face jail time. They had been told that the building’s condition was a danger to the public prior to the incident that killed 2-year-old Greta Greene, Department of Buildings officials said.

The owners failed to make the necessary repairs before the bricks fell from a window ledge in May 2015, fatally striking the child while she was in her stroller.

“When you own a building, you have a responsibility to maintain it — you don’t just get to cash the rent checks and call it a day,” DOB Commissioner Rick Chandler said.

The city stated that the owners of the 92-year-old building failed to maintain the facade, which carries a fine between $1,000 and $25,000, officials said.

The city filed criminal charges Wednesday that could put the owners behind bars for up to a year, officials said.

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