The Straits Times
Published on Oct 30, 2012

Crane dangles from New York high-rise


NEW YORK (AP) - A construction crane atop a US$1.5 billion (S$1.8 billion) luxury high-rise in midtown Manhattan collapsed in high winds on Monday and dangled precariously as a Hurricane Sandy bore down on the New York.

Some buildings, including the nearby Parker Meridien hotel, were being evacuated as a precaution and the streets below were cleared, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Meteorologists said winds atop the 74-story building could have been close to 155 kilometres per hour at the time.

The nearly completed high-rise is known as One57 and is in one of the city's most desirable neighborhoods, near Carnegie Hall, Columbus Circle and Central Park. It had been inspected, along with other city cranes, on Friday and was found to be ready for the impending bad weather.