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We saw plenty of these multi-level parking structures during our trip to NYC this past week, and even commented on how their space efficiency would work well in our own cities where giant parking garages dominate the landscape. Perhaps we spoke too soon.

Autoblog reader Mel spotted this scene just around the corner from the Jacob Javits Center where the 2009 New York Auto Show is being held. The multi-level steel parking structure evidently failed, sending a Lexus GS sliding down on top of a Land Rover and the front end of an also-raised Honda Accord. The kicker? A 1998 Chrysler Town and Country and older Camry sit just outside the frame unscathed. The Ford Edge that just happened to be parked on the right (both figuratively and literally) side of the structure was reportedly inaccessible by its owner despite not playing a part in this mess. Whoever was in charge apparently felt the whole thing might go at any minute. You know what, New York? Us smaller cities will keep our concrete parking garages, thank you very much. Thanks for the tip, Mel!




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      • 6 Years Ago
      Poor Lexus!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thats a multi-level parking structure?? I wouldn't put my bicycle on it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the cars go in one by one and get lifted up; you give the attendant a general idea of when you will be back for your car and they arrange them accordingly to reduct the amount of shuffling needed to extract a given car
      • 6 Years Ago
      good thing the insurance place is near-by
      • 6 Years Ago
      A domestic car conspiracy. Noticy which cars were involved and which were left unscathed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      EPIC fail. lol @ insurance.
      ZingKingX
      • 6 Years Ago
      Talk about poorly made cheap metal... the Land Rover I'm referring to.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The sad thing is the underground parking isn't actually any more expensive. At least by where I used to work the underground place was cheaper if you went for the morning bird special-just $10 to park all day long.

      • 6 Years Ago
      The Car Gods have spoken!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well that's inconvenient. At least in the case of the Lexus it could hardly have happened to a more deserving vehicle.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And the Lexus deserved it because...?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree with Jeremy. GS and IS are fine. The rest? Meh.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Because it's overpriced, ugly and pretentious; being smashed on it's lid doesn't hurt it's looks at all.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I totally agree that most vehicles from Lexus stinks like a rotten banana peel in a spoiled yogurt, but I think GS is "okay" vehicle

        It's ES (eww... loaded camry with chrome grills and wheels inspired by granny's woolen cap) and new RX (it;s sooooo fu-gly, useless, and expensive for no reason in my opinion) that stinks like a hell :P

        IS is kinda fine, too... I drove 350 once, and it was FUN one (TOO SMALL for me, though)

        OH, I almost forgot SC (Ewwwwwwwwwww) :( -> one question for owners of this vehicle = Why did you buy it?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Worst part,

        The bozo's gonna get the insurance check and go buy another Lexus.
      • 6 Years Ago
      hahahaha, I remember that spot! Can't wait to see the aftermath Monday. LOL Thank god the Magnum was spared! BUWHAHAHHA

      --RS
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why is it I expect to find out that this structure is owned by one Tony Soprano who got a good deal on a hot load of structural steel from the Leontardo family?
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