Midtown Buildings Near Dangling Crane Reopened

Bloomberg said Saturday that officials hope to open 57th Street on Saturday night

Sunday, Nov 4, 2012  |  Updated 8:36 PM EDT
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Midtown Buildings Near Dangling Crane Reopened

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Midtown residents who were evacuated when a luxury high-rise crane was damaged during Superstorm Sandy are being allowed back in.

Buildings Department spokesman Tony Sclafani said Sunday the operation to secure the boom of the tower crane on West 57th Street is now complete.

He says all streets in the area are being reopened, though it excludes lanes on the north side of 57th Street, between Sixth and Seventh avenues.

Sclafani says some buildings may not have utilities at this point and need to be turned on.

Heavy winds likely caused the crane boom to collapse. Engineers had to climb the 74-story building in the midst of the storm to inspect the crane.

Some neighboring buildings were evacuated, including a hotel with 900 guests.

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