57th Street Crane Is Dangling Again

October 7, 2013 | Andy Cush

During the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a collapsed crane at the under-construction luxury high rise One57 dangled high above 57th Street for eight days before it was secured. The block of 57th between Sixth and Seventh Avenues was closed to traffic, and residents were forced to evacuate. It was a big deal. People made parody twitter accounts and commemorative cookies about it.

Today it’s same building, different crane. The original was replaced in May, and the replacement fell down and is dangling today, presumably under stress from high winds (there’s a tornado watch in effect, if you hadn’t heard). The Times reports it was in the processing of hoisting 13,000 pounds of concrete. The block is closed to traffic again.

A police officer at the scene told ANIMAL that engineers would try to fix the crane in its place, rather than take it down.

(Photos: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)