Damaged crane dangles over NYC high-rise, surrounding area evacuated
Manhattan, NY, United States (4E) – The dangling arm of a crane affixed to a building located in New York City, that partially collapsed after storm Sandy’s winds of up to 60 mph slammed New York last Monday, has caused police to cordon off the area Tuesday.
Police have blocked off the area around the base of the One57 building on West 57th street, where the crane’s arm can be seen swaying atop the building, which is still being constructed and is expected to be among the tallest residential structures in Manhattan.
According to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, all buildings on the north and south sides of 57th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues have been evacuated, as well as buildings on 56th Street, which are exposed to the high-rise crane.
The Le Parker Meridien hotel has also been affected by the evacuation.
During a news conference, the mayor said “we’re sorry for the inconvenience, but better be safe than sorry.”
Bloomberg said he talked to the president of Extell development Gary Barnett, stating “he and his staff are cooperating fully.”
He also revealed that the crane was inspected on Friday “as we did all the cranes in the city, it’s conceivable nobody did anything wrong and it wasn’t even a malfunction it was just a strange gust of wind.”
Mary Costello, senior vice president for Lend Lease, the property group managing the site said that “the hurricane storm winds have pushed the crane boom over the cab section of the high-rise crane at One 57th Street.”
Bloomberg added that “we just don’t want to risk the lives of anybody trying to be a hero and secure it at the moment.”