The 57th Street crane that stopped working with its load left to dangle precariously 1,000 feet in the air over West 57th Street Monday has been safely lowered to the ground, and the street has been reopened, reports CBS News on Oct. 7.
Images from this same crane may stir memories of Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall one year ago this month. The Midtown Manhattan high-rise was the scene of a crane mishap during the hurricane, and video at the time showed the crippled crane swaying heavily in the fierce winds.
“The crane is at the same 74-story luxury skyscraper where, one year ago, an 80-mile-per-hour gust of wind during Hurricane Sandy almost sent the boom of a crane crashing down to the streets below,” says the NY Times.
The crane is being used in the construction of One57, a residential plaza that once completed, will be New York City’s tallest residential tower. Police closed West 57th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues Monday so that operators could lower the crane safely to the ground. The building across the street was evacuated as well, police said.
This latest crane mishap occurred when the apparatus was being used to haul one-ton counterweights into place. The crane stopped working, and the load was left to hang in the wind. Because of strong winds, coupled with tornado and thunderstorm warnings for locations throughout the tri-state area, officials worked quickly to get the crane and its load down to street level.