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  • From left: Scott Stringer and the May 2008 crane collapse on the Upper East Side

    From left: Scott Stringer and the May 2008 crane collapse on the Upper East Side

    After two deadly crane collapses that killed nine people in 2008, the city failed to implement most of the changes it was supposed to, a new report from the comptroller’s office reveals. [more]

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    Azure crane collapse and James Lomma

    A Manhattan judge declared a mistrial in a civil case brought against James Lomma by the families of two men who died in a crane collapse in May 2008.

    An attorney for Lomma sought a mistrial Wednesday because Lomma would be unable to attend the trial while he recovered from injuries sustained in a car accident. State Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez said proceeding without Lomma present violated his constitutional rights, the AP reported. [more]

  • New York Crane owner James Lomma (credit: Shayna Jacobs for DNAinfo)

    New York Crane owner James Lomma (credit: Shayna Jacobs for DNAinfo)

    The owner of the crane that collapsed at the Azure Condominium on the Upper East Side in 2008, killing two people, is seeking a mistrial in a civil case brought by victims.

    On Wednesday, a lawyer for James Lomma said  his client was unable to appear in court due to severe injuries suffered in a recent car accident. The attorney, Glenn Fuerth, said Lomma needs eight to 12 weeks to recover, the New York Post reported. [more]

  • Site of the Azure crane collapse in 2008

    Site of the Azure crane collapse in 2008

    The family of a construction worker killed in a 2008 Manhattan crane collapse was granted trial preference by a New York state judge Wednesday.

    The judge made the ruling because the victim’s father, Uke Kurtaj, is over 70 years old and relied on his son Ramadan Kurtaj for income, Law360 reported. Trial preference, which provides for an earlier court date, is granted, among other reasons, when a litigant is in danger of financial destitution or could pass away before a trial gets underway. [more]

  • Crane dangling from 157 57th Street after Hurricane Sandy, Gary Barnett (inset)

    Crane dangling from One57 after Hurricane Sandy and Extell’s Gary Barnett (inset)

    UPDATED, 5:45 p.m., October 7: A rogue crane at Gary Barnett’s One57 site menaced 57th Street once again. A crane at work on the luxury condominium development currently under construction stalled with a heavy load dangling in midair, according to preliminary reports.


  • From left: TF Cornerstone’s Thomas Elghanayan, a rendering of 4545 Center Boulevard and an image of the crane collapse (Credit: Larry Dusseau)

    TF Cornerstone’s 41-story, 820-unit rental property at 4545 Center Boulevard in Long Island City is now leasing homes, according to a release from the developer. [more]

  • Scenes from the 2008 Azure crane collapse

    A New York State Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the city cannot deny liability for damage stemming from the 2008 crane collapse at the Upper East Side’s Azure cond-op, despite transferring ownership over to another entity, Law360 reported.

    While another judge let the city off the hook two years ago, Judge Manuel Mendez ruled that liability remains under a state law commonly known as the “Scaffold Law.” Mendez rejected the city’s motion to dismiss claims brought by a trustee for Ramadan Kurtaj, a construction worker who was killed when the crane collapsed at the 333 East 91st Street site. [more]

  • The site of the 2008 crane collapse

    A New York state appeals court refused Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Arbor Realty Funding against Herrick Feinstein LLP over allegedly bad zoning advice on a Turtle Bay condo project that was the site of a 2008 crane collapse, Law360 reported.

    In the 2011 suit, Arbor alleged that it would not have provided $70 million in bridge financing for developer Jim Kennelly’s luxury residential project at 303 East 51st Street, had it not been for Herrick’s bad advice about the zoning regulations for the planned 42-story tower, as The Real Deal previously reported.  [more]

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  • A collapsed crane at a TF Cornerstone site in Long Island City (Image courtesy Larry Dusseau)

    Owners have been lax in maintaining cranes and operators have been careless, an analysis of city records by the New York Daily News shows. This negligence has been the cause of several recent accidents, including the collapse of a crane earlier this month at the site of TF Cornerstone’s luxury rental development in Long Island City, which injured seven workers.The Daily News found multiple examples since 2010, some of which led to gruesome injuries … [more]

  • The collapsed LIC crane

    The city has suspended the license of the operator of the Long Island City crane that collapsed on Wednesday, the New York Times reported. In a statement, the city said that the operator, identified as Paul Geer, was trying to lift a 23,900-pound load — over twice the crane’s capacity. The statement says that Geer “was unable to see the materials being lifted and was attempting to lift those materials outside of the approved landing zone.” [more]

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  • Image courtesy Larry Dusseau

    A crane collapsed today at a TF Cornerstone luxury rental site in Long Island City, injuring several workers, the New York Post reported. The accident occurred at around 2:30 p.m. “A few people were injured, no one was hurt seriously,” a leasing agent told the Post. But it appears that there were three serious injuries, CBS reported. A TF Cornerstone spokesman didn’t immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment. The 41-story 4545 Center Boulevard tower topped out in September 2012 and is scheduled to open for leasing in April 2013. … [more]

  • Hell’s Kitchen crane collapses

    November 26, 2012 01:30PM

    The flipped truck and collapsed crane at 438 West 38th Street in Hell’s Kitchen (source: DNAinfo)

    It’s been several weeks since the crane dangling from the top of Extell’s One57 tower came down, and now another crane has collapsed — this time in Hell’s Kitchen. The accident occurred at 8:46 a.m. this morning at 438 West 38th Street, according to DNAinfo. No one was injured, a spokesperson for the Fire Department said.

    The crane collapsed while attempting to lift an air condenser recently delivered to the site, witnesses told DNAinfo. The tractor-trailer driver who delivered the condenser said that the crane was extended too far when it attempted to make the lift. [more]

  • From left: dentist Barry Musikant, the One57 crane

    Two dentists affected by the One57 crane collapse appear to be the first business owners to take their beef with the builders to court.

    Barry Musikant and Caroline Stern, who each operate a dental practice on the same block as the under-construction luxury tower, filed a proposed class action in Manhattan federal court on Friday, the New York Daily News reported. The dentists are seeking to represent more than 100 business owners and residents impacted by the incident, and to recover at least $5 million – the minimum amount of damages necessary to file a class action. [more]

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  • The crane at One57

    It appears that the boom of the One57 crane – an enduring image of last week’s storm – was alarmingly close to plummeting 1,000 feet to street level. Building engineer Michael Alacha estimated it had an 80 percent chance of falling, the New York Times reported, in a play-by-play account of what transpired at the site during the storm.

    “In my mind, the boom was going to go,” said Alacha, who was on the scene at One57 shortly after the collapse. “We still had another 6 to 10 hours of severe wind,” he added. “It was rocking. Usually, metal gets fatigued and it would let go.” [more]

  • From left: Gary Barnett, a rendering of One57 and the secured crane at One57

    The saga of  One57’s disabled crane is coming to a close. The crane has been successfully secured and the surrounding buildings reopened. Workers spent the weekend using a a hand crank to rotate the cab and crane platform closer to the building. Once it was close enough, construction workers used steel cables and beams to tie the 150-foot boom to the building’s concrete columns. It may take days, or even weeks, for the giant boom to be lowered to the ground. [more]

  • The crane at One57

    The city now has a plan to retrieve the dangling crane at One57, the Wall Street Journal reported. Work is expected to begin tomorrow — and will take an estimated 36 hours, according to the New York Observer’s Twitter feed.

    To get the machinery down, a worker will reportedly rotate the whole crane using a hand crank, which will turn the boom toward the building, according to the Journal. Cables will then secure the boom to steel arms that have been installed near the top of the tower. Then a derrick will be installed to lower the damaged machinery down to street level. [more]

  • Mayor Bloomberg and the collapsed crane at One57

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today that he expects individuals could return to their homes and offices near One57 this weekend. The block of West 57th Street was cleared following the collapse of a crane at the luxury tower on Monday, and city and private engineers are working to fully secure and, eventually, dismantle the suspended crane.

    If the weather cooperates, the city expects to tie down the crane this weekend, “dramatically” reducing the size of the area that has been evacuated, Mayor Bloomberg said. However, it could take weeks to build another crane, and the mayor warned that some “sporadic closings” could take place as crews take down pieces of the One57 crane, he said. [more]

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  • What’s next for One57?

    October 31, 2012 10:00AM

    From left: Gary Barnett, a rendering of One57 and the collapsed crane at One57

    [Updated 1:21pm, with comment from Extell] Among the many depictions of Hurricane Sandy, the image of the One57 crane, bent backwards like a wilted stalk, is among the most indelible. In the aftermath of the collapse, construction engineers and city officials are working to fully secure the crane. Meanwhile, questions about what caused the incident and what it will mean for the high-profile Extell project and its developer, Gary Barnett, are largely unanswered.

    At press time, the crane continued to dangle 74 stories above West 57th Street, which had been evacuated between Sixth and Seventh avenues. Steam, electricity and gas in the surrounding area were shut off, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said yesterday. [more]

  • HFZ's Ziel Feldman and 303 East 51st Street

    Construction is once again an issue at the Turtle Bay site where a crane collapsed and killed seven people in 2008. According to the New York Post, Ziel Feldman’s HFZ Capital Group, which is developing the site in conjunction with CIM Group, is seeking a way to remove the balconies already built on the 18-story shell at 303 East 51st Street. [more]

  • From left: Crane owner James Lomma and the Azure at 333 East 91st Street

    [Updated at 1:42 p.m. with comments and details from the courtroom] In a move that caught many by surprise, the owner of a crane that collapsed at an Upper East Side condominium in 2008 killing two people was acquitted of all the charges against him today, including manslaughter.

    James Lomma was found not guilty of six counts by Judge Daniel Coviser in a packed courtroom in Lower Manhattan, bringing an end to a high-profile and emotionally fraught two-month criminal trial. [more]


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