As Hurricane Sandy bore down onCity on Monday, the boom of a crane at the One57 building in Midtown collapsed.
Thesite of the under-construction 90-story luxury apartment tower is located at 57th Street and 6th Avenue. As of Tuesday, part of the crane was dangling off the building, 75 stories above the ground.
According to the Associated Press, the city has ordered people in neighboring buildings to move to lower floors. Streets have been cleared.
The call came in around 2:30 p.m. Monday as conditions worsened from the approaching Hurricane Sandy. Meteorologists say winds that far off the ground might have been close to 95 mph at the time.
The Buildings Department had suspended construction work at 5 p.m. Saturday. It reminded contractors and property owners to secure construction sites and buildings.
Developer Gary Barnett of One57 told The Observer, "Can’t talk now but we don’t know anything yet. We’re doing everything we can, and hopefully no one is going to get hurt.”