A New York state appeals court has upheld a lower court judge’s decision to unseal documents relating to multiple wrongful death settlements in a 2008 Turtle Bay crane collapse, The Real Deal has learned. The site is home to HFZ Capital Group’s Halcyon NY condominium development.
The March 2008 crane accident at 303 East 51st Street, between First and Second avenues, killed seven people and damaged nearby buildings, including the site of restaurant Crave Foods and 305 East 50th Street, home of co-plaintiff Jean Squeri. The settlements that resulted from the wrongful death cases were originally sealed by Judge Carol Edmead after one of the trials, so that that previous judgments would not impact the ones pending. [more]