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The History of Local Law 11/98

May 16, 1979.  At just 17-years-old and already a rising sophomore at prestigious Barnard College, Grace Gold had a promising future ahead of her.  Popular and pretty, it was only natural that she would attend neighboring Columbia University’s graduation ceremony to celebrate her friends’ successes.  After a happy day of celebrations, she headed home to her apartment at 116th and Broadway.  Just a block away on 115th Street, however, a crumbling exterior building façade loosened just as she happened to walk by.  A chunk of the masonry finally gave in and fell, directly onto Grace.  She was crushed to death. More Info