Tower developer speaks on crane collapse
A partially collapsed crane remained precariously suspended 1,000 feet over West 57th Street Tuesday morning, a grim reminder of the chaos wreaked by the storm that hit the city Monday. Reached Tuesday morning by phone, Gary Barnett, the tower's developer, said that his construction manager at the 1,005-foot tall condo tower, Bovis Lend Lease, was waiting for winds to die down before trying to stabalize and repair the damaged crane. "Hopefully it will hold," Mr. Barnett, the president of Extell Development, said. "As soon as we're allowed we're going to try to secure it and take it down. Right now the wind is still too strong. Everything that can be done is being done." The boom of a large construction crane perched atop the luxury residential tower One57 buckled under fierce winds during the storm Monday afternoon, forcing the closure of 57th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues and several neighboring and nearby buildings to be evacuated. Mayor Michael Bloomberg Tuesday morning said the Department of Buildings had examined the site and declared the crane to be stable. The city would reopen streets around the building once the boom of the crane was strapped securely to the building. A spokesman at the Fire Department said that as of Tuesday morning the teetering crane boom was "status quo," its struts twisted and broken, hanging limply and swaying in the breeze. The National Weather Service predicted that wind gusts were still blowing in Manhattan at 50 miles per hour. Yesterday, during the height of the storm, winds barreled through the city at 90 miles per hour. A spokeswoman at Bovis Lend Lease, which is managing construction of the tower, said the company was waiting for weather conditions, including wind speeds, to improve before moving personnel in to work on the broken crane. "We will have more information to share this afternoon, hopefully, once the wind and rain dies down a bit," the spokeswoman said. She said the company would assess when it will try to begin work by 1 p.m.
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