[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]