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Crane Remains Dangling from 57th St. Luxury Condo after Superstorm Sandy
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30 Oct 2012 11:23 AM EST

-by Trista McKenzie, Contributing Writer; Image: A crane remains hanging precariously over the street in the aftermath of Sandy (Image Source: Allison Joyce / Getty)

As New York City begins to pick up the pieces after Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy ravaged our neighborhoods and flooded our streets, midtown is also facing the dilemma of a damaged construction crane dangling 1,000 feet above 57th St.

Due to the high winds from Sandy’s arrival, a crane atop the site of a high-rise luxury condominium building at 157 W 57th St. snapped under pressure and has been hanging dangerously since last night, causing an evacuation of the block between 6th and 7th Aves., which includes the luxury hotel, Le Parker Meridien.

Officials are still determining how to secure the crane.

According to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, “nobody knows” how secure the crane is, though he explained in a press conference that the body and main cab seemed secure. The arm, however, seemed to have flipped over the cab and is now dangling from 90 stories off the ground atop the luxury building, named One57.

“We just don’t want to risk the lives of anyone trying to be a hero and secure it,” he explained.

Bloomberg added that along with evacuations, steam pipes under the street would be shut down and electricity turned off in surrounding areas.

The street remains closed to traffic and pedestrians.

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