57th Street reopens after dangling, 7-ton crane is safely lowered

Posted at 4:14 PM, Oct 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-07 16:36:54-04

The tower from which the crane is dangling is the tallest residential building in New York.

MANHATTAN (PIX11) — A massive crane that was left dangling from the same building on West 57th Street Monday has been safely lowered to the ground, and the street has been reopened.

The building, One57, is at 157 West 57th Street and will be New York’s tallest residential tower. Police closed West 57th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues Monday afternoon, placing the area under a so-called Level One Mobilization after a seven-ton concrete elevator counterweight became stuck for hours 43 stories above the street in the middle of it being hoisted up the side of the building.

Heightening the danger was the weather, with tornado and thunder storm warnings for locations throughout the tri-state area, including Manhattan.

Crane dangling from same West 57th building that saw malfunction during Sandy

At Edelmans Shoes, across the street from the crane, the whole building, 130 W. 57th St. , had to be evacuated.

“Enough is enough with them,” said Lefteris Daskapulos, a restaurant manager just doors down.  “Let’s finish with the crane put them down and that’s it.”

A different crane much higher on the same building was left dangling over West 57th Street as Hurricane Sandy bore down on Manhattan.  That crane crumpled and dangled precariously over fifty-seventh street after Superstorm Sandy damaged it.

The crane in Monday’s malfunction replaced that one.