Crane On 57th Street Gets Stuck While Hoisting Load Above Street

Crane malfunction on West 57th Street (Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Officials have closed West 57th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues after a tower crane hoisting a load got stuck Monday morning.

A large, yellow box can be seen dangling at the end of the crane about 20 stories above the street below.  

The NYPD, FDNY, Department of Buildings and Office of Emergency Management have responded to the scene, CBS 2 reported.

The crane and motor are not broken, but rather stalled, CBS 2′s John Slattery reported. Officials hope to manually lower the load this afternoon, Slattery reported.

The street below has been closed to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

The malfunction is causing additional concern because New York City is under a tornado watch. The DOB had issued a reminder Monday to secure construction sites due to the forecast.

The incident is at One57, the same location where a crane boom collapsed during Superstorm Sandy, leaving the wreckage dangling and blowing in the wind. The tower is set to be New York City’s largest residential building.

Check back soon for more on this developing story.

3 thoughts on “Crane On 57th Street Gets Stuck While Hoisting Load Above Street

  1. Oh Yes, I can see it now, another tower crane disaster 🙁 , I can see something bad happening. Good post on this one Angel.

    1. Same building, same crane company, same month (different year), both just before a major storm…
      I’m hearing the theme music of “Twilight Zone” in my head.

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