The Leaning Tower of Steuben Street has one couple concerned for their safety

The Leaning Tower of Steuben Street has one couple concerned for their safety

The Leaning Tower of Steuben Street has one couple concerned for their safety. It won’t challenge the Leaning Tower of Pisa as a tourist attraction, but it may be enough to give you a slight case of vertigo. A Jersey City multi-family home is tipping to one side, enough to make people do a doubletake as they pass by. But for the couple that moved into one of the apartments there earlier this year, the curiosity has turned to concern.

Maria Thomas, 30, and her husband moved into the gray, three-story building at 170 Steuben St. in April, and didn’t notice the definite lean while they were apartment hunting.

“Every time we visited the building was at night,” she said. “So, we never really looked at the facade until we had moved in. We noticed it when we were across the street, and I looked over and I was like, ‘Hold on a second, that’s not a pretty angle.’”

Thomas took to Reddit to share her findings with other users in the Jersey City area. Some people responded that it was fine, others urged her to contact the Jersey City Office of the Construction Code (OCC).

Thomas says that building looks much worse on the outside than on the inside, but she is still concerned about her and her husband’s safety.

“When you’re in the apartment itself, you don’t feel it as much,” she said. “But obviously, looking from across the street, it’s pretty significant.”

Gil Levy, who purchased the property in 2004, said a city inspector visited the property “a few weeks ago” and said the building was “fine.” Levy, who declined to say how long the building has been in that state, blamed construction in the area for the lean of the building.

City officials did not immediately respond to requests to comment on the state of the building or Levy’s assertion about the recent construction.

Thomas said the collapse of the 12-story condominium in the Surfside section of Miami collapse that left nearly 100 dead made her think about that odd lean of her building.

“After that Miami building collapse, it definitely became more of a topic of discussion for me and my husband,” she said.

Thomas said she contacted the city construction code office, but she hasn’t heard back yet.

Next door to Thomas, at 166 Steuben, is a brick apartment building with large cracks visible on the building’s façade. The owner of the property could not be reached for comment.

Target will require masks for employees in high-risk areas

Target will require both vaccinated and unvaccinated employees to wear face masks in areas with substantial or high risk of transmission as the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to spread.

The popular retailer announced in a news release the requirement would go into effect Tuesday. Target is not requiring customers to wear masks, as of now, but said in the release it will “follow all local mandates” and “strongly recommend face coverings for all guests in areas with substantial or high risk of transmission.”

In New Jersey, 20 of the 21 counties are considered to be areas with substantial or high risk of transmission, according to the CDC.

Warren County is the only N.J. county considered to have a “moderate” risk of transmission level, making it the lone county without the requirement.

Of the 47 Target stores in New Jersey, two are located in Warren County (Hackettstown and Phillipsburg).

“The health and safety of our guests and team members have been Target’s top priority throughout the pandemic.” the news release said. “Target will continue to recommend face coverings for unvaccinated team members and guests at all stores across the country.” There are over 1,900 Target stores nationwide.

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