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Residents Cleared To Return To SoHo Apartment After Fears It Was Unstable

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Residents concerned about the stability of their aging SoHo apartment building were given the all-clear to return back to their homes Thursday evening.

The New York City Fire Department evacuated the building on Sixth Avenue and Spring Street after residents complained of excessive shaking Thursday afternoon.

The tenants said visible cracks in the building's facade and the construction happening next door had them concerned.

The Department of Buildings said that the cracks and slight shifting are normal when construction takes place next to old buildings.

The structure dates back to the 1890s.

"Work is good," said Timothy Lynch, a structural engineer with the Department of Buildings. "There's engineering involved, and that's been done effectively, and the building is monitored."

"That's his story, and hey, I hope he's right," said resident Marcia Salo.

The Red Cross assisted the displaced tenants while it was being checked out.

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