Winds from Sandy Snap Crane Atop Building Under Construction In Midtown

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Crane Dangles from a NYC Building Damaged by Hurricane Sandy

Close-Up Picture of the Damaged Crane Taken from Nearby Building

CBSNew York is reporting a crane has collapsed at 2:30 p.m. Monday at a building on West 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan. The top of the crane is 75-stories up.

All construction work in the city was suspended by the Buildings Department at 5 p.m. Saturday in anticipation of high winds from Hurricane Sandy. Contractors and property owners were told to secure construction sites and buildings.

The Department of Buildings said Sunday that it had inspected all construction sites in the city.

Emergency officials have closed the westbound side of 57th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues.

Editor Update: Contessa Brewer tweeted a friend in the area had just entered a cab when a piece of the crane fell to the ground near her. Very scary.

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13 Responses to Winds from Sandy Snap Crane Atop Building Under Construction In Midtown

  1. DMason says:

    Stay safe, Christopher and hurry back to California. I’ll take an earthquake over a hurricane and flood any day.

  2. Rachel says:

    What David said. Stay safe, Christopher. Stay indoors.

  3. ChiTOM says:

    The local weather reports say Hurricane Sandy is expected to impact our weather in Chicago too. This is a very serious, late-season hurricane. I hope everyone is taking warnings from the Red Cross and the state governors seriously. Better to be prepared than caught off guard.

  4. Peace Nick says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t NYC Mayor Michael “Long Island Lockjaw” Bloomberg say the city would give building construction security top priority?

    I’m certain he said it Sunday. What happened?

  5. hipolito says:

    How the hell is New York City going to prevent the crane from falling to the ground below?

  6. Tiny Dancer says:

    What David and Rachel said. Stay safe and remain indoors.

  7. Estacada says:

    A reporter on MSNBC said a couple came out of their hotel only to hear a loud crash. About ten feet away, a piece of the crane had broken free and hit the street. They were ten feet from dying.

    It really is like the end of the world and I don’t believe in that sort of stuff.

  8. Randy Arroyo says:

    What a terrifying image. I hope the construction company gets its act together and secures the crane before it takes out a residential building or pedestrians walking below.

  9. Chad Lebanon says:

    Hurry home to California. An earthquake is nothing compared drowning in a hurricane. I mean it, what you guys are dealing with today is epic.

  10. Adirondacky says:

    Stay safe brother. Don’t go outside unless you have to. The storm will pass by Tuesday night.

  11. fran says:

    Yowsah! Stay safe.

  12. fran says:

    Just heard a news report that the power there is out omw, so no elevator up to get to this dangling, broken crane. Not likely they will be going up there in the dark with gusting winds to deal with it- too dangerous. Whew! Gnarly.

  13. Marcus Ybanez says:

    The electricity is out in the area so the construction team will have to walk up and down 75 stories.

    Don’t expect the crane to be secured anytime soon. It’s just not realistic. What I want to know is, why wasn’t this crane secured before Sandy hit New York City?

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