MTA bus lodged into Brooklyn brownstone turns into oddball attraction

The MTA bus that became lodged inside a Brooklyn brownstone following a crash earlier this week has developed into an oddball attraction for scores of gawkers.

“I got a text from friends to check it out,” artist Catie Rogers, 26, told The Post outside the Lincoln Road crash-site on Thursday where three days earlier over a dozen people were injured when the B49 bus rammed into the Prospect Lefferts Gardens building.

“They said it was the best ‘art installation’ of the year!” Rogers joked.

But she added the scene is truly akin to an art installation thanks to the temporary construction wall erected around the bus with several small plexiglass windows for onlookers to peer through.

The bus is still at the site, and construction crews are stabilizing the building before the bus is removed.
The bus is still at the site, and construction crews are stabilizing the building before the bus is removed.
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“When else do you see a bus stuck in a building? I heard it was a sight to see. I was more curious to see how it really looked,” she said.

The front-end of the bus has remained wedged inside the corner brownstone due to concerns over the building’s structural integrity. To help prevent further damage with the removal of the bus, contractors have been installing shoring, the DOB said.

Another visitor, who only gave his name as Alan, said he stopped by after seeing the bus on the WhatIsNewYork Instagram page.

“It’s not everyday you see something like this,” the 22-year-old said. “We were just hanging out in the city and thought we might as well.”

an MTA bus that crashed into a building at the corner of Lincoln Road and Bedford Avenue on Monday, June 7th.
An MTA bus crashed into a building at the corner of Lincoln Road and Bedford Avenue on Monday, June 7th.
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Local resident Bob Marvin, 76, said he’s seen a definite uptick in foot traffic in the area since Monday.

“You don’t normally see people hanging out on this corner,” Marvin said.

For curiosity-seekers looking to see the strange sight, time appears to be running out as contractors could finish their work on the building as early as Thursday night, allowing for the bus to then be removed once arrangements are made, according to the DOB.

Orange barriers surrounding the scene of an MTA bus that crashed into a building at the corner of Lincoln Road and Bedford Avenue on Monday, June 7th
Seventeen people were injured, including the bus driver.
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But even with the shoring up of walls, certain parts of the building’s façade could still become dislodged during the bus removal, the DOB said.

MTA spokeswoman Kayla Shults said in a Thursday statement: “We are prepared to remove the bus whenever the city tells us we are permitted to do so.”

Additional reporting by David Meyer and Nolan Hicks

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