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Carrie Melago

The bulging wall of a century-old building in Manhattan disrupted PATH train service shortly before yesterday's evening rush hour, officials said. Authorities were concerned that PATH trains rumbling beneath the four-story building at 500 Hudson St. in the West Village would cause it to collapse.

The commuter trains were briefly halted between the New Jersey and W. 33rd St. stations about 3:30 p.m., a Port Authority spokesman said.

Trains began running within the hour, but at a slower speed to ensure vibrations didn't do further damage. Commuters experienced delays up to 15 minutes as a contractor shored up the building's wall.

The building is being renovated and its five tenants were evacuated last night as a precaution, according to the city Buildings Department. The residents will be allowed to move back as soon as contractors find a permanent way to stabilize the building, officials said.

Originally published on August 24, 2005

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