A collapsed construction crane dangling from the top of the One57 tower under construction in Manhattan quickly became one of the images of Hurricane Sandy’s destructive force. The damaged crane was suspended 1,000 feet above the street, as officials determined how to secure it.
Several buildings in the immediate proximity were evacuated, according to the New York Times.
Hurricane Sandy will delay construction for a few days, “and then hopefully the situation will be back to normal,” Gary Barnett, president of One57 developer Extell Development Co., told Bloomberg in a telephone interview.
The building is set to be the tallest residential tower in the city when construction is complete.
The collapse at One57 was evidence of Hurricane Sandy’s power, and not shoddy construction, Wendy Maitland, who has sold several units in the building, told the Real Deal.
Some residents of tall buildings have reported actually feeling their buildings swaying in the storm. Tom Scarangello, CEO of Thornton Tomasetti, assured the New York Observer that the only danger to residents is high-flying debris and broken windows.
"The New York City building codes are designed for over 100 mph winds; they're very robust," Mr. Scarangello said.
Wind gusts have reached up to 90 miles per hour in the neighborhood, according to local media.
Follow this link to a (poor qualtiy) video of the crane actually collapsing.