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57th Street Crane Gets Stuck, Strands Heavy Load Above Manhattan

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By Morgan Chilson   |   Monday, 07 Oct 2013 04:58 PM

A 57th Street crane in Midtown Manhattan shut down a busy street early Monday after it stopped working and stranded a heavy load of concrete dangling in mid-air. The 13,000-pound load was later lowered to the ground.

It was the same crane that broke in two during Superstorm Sandy, the Wall Street Journal reported. Officials said no one was hurt Monday and no evacuations of the area were scheduled. New York City, however, was under a tornado watch, which concerned officials because of possible high winds.

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The crane, which was working on the One57 condo project, quit about 7 a.m., and the construction company said there was an apparent problem with the generator that powered the hoist apparatus, The Associated Press reported.

“With no power from this generator, it wasn’t going to fall – and it wasn’t going to go up, either,” construction supervisor Mike Lucas told the AP.

The towering construction cranes are worrisome for some city residents, and safety issues have received a lot of attention since two cranes fell in 2008, killing nine people total. A crane accident this year killed a worker. Today, there are new safety measures in place, such as more extensive training and inspections.

The One57 condo project has received a lot of press for its ultra-luxurious apartments: Two duplexes sold for $90 million each.

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