Problematic Midtown Manhattan Crane Comes Down

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013  |  Updated 10:22 AM EDT
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Crane Collapses on 57th Street Amid Fierce Winds

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Crane Malfunctions, Midtown Street Cleared

Part of a midtown Manhattan block was evacuated and 57th Street was closed for hours Monday after a crane hauling up a load became stuck on the same building where a crane famously dangled after Hurricane Sandy last year. Roseanne Colletti reports.

Crane Collapses on 57th Street Amid Fierce Winds

Sandy lookback: a construction crane atop luxury condo building 157 West 57th Street, between Sixth and Seventh avenues, collapses amid fierce winds Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.
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After a string of mishaps, a crane on 57th Street in Manhattan came down Sunday.

Crews worked through the morning to remove the boom and the rig which was being used in the construction of a luxury highrise known as One57.
       
Last year, the crane's boom collapsed because of strong winds during Hurricane Sandy and dangled 90 stories over the street for days, causing the block to be shut down for a week.
     
Last month, a replacement crane suddenly stopped working while hoisting a 13,000-pound counterweight. The block had to be evacuated and it took hours for crews to lower the weight.

The crane is owned by New York Crane and Equipment Corp., which also owned the crane that collapsed and killed two workers on the Upper East Side in 2008.

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