“Mom, they shouldn’t have left that crane up there…”
On the west side of Manhattan as of 3 PM EST, the wind and rain is picking up along the river, buffeting curious pedestrians who have come out to see if anything is happening yet.
Well, things are happening. I just got a call from our seven year old storm watcher, Stormwatcher Gus. A crane on a high rise under construction near Columbus Circle has had a section break loose which is now dangling 90 stories above the street. Cops are swarming around the base of the building closing off the street. And the wind isn’t even sustained, yet.
Here’s the report and photo from Stormwatcher Gus and his mom:
Hello from Frankenstorm NYC. Stormwatcher Gus notices a lot of sirens and cop cars… We look up from his window to see this: the 95-or-so-story building under construction on 57th Street between 6th and 7th. The crane arm seems to have flipped back on itself in the wind and is dangling precariously over 57th Street.
Stormwatcher Gus will provide updates if any more exciting stories develop.
Over and out.
Along with their report came this remarkable photo:
Update: close up of crane
UPDATE: Broken Window on Vornado Building next to Lee’s Art Shop on 57th
. Unrelated to crane collapse.