Early this morning reports emerged that the block of West 57th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues was closed due to NYPD activity, and now we know why. A building crane on 157 W. 57th malfunctioned while hoisting a load up the building. Get this: This is the second time a crane has gone haywire on this building. The first was during Hurricane Sandy, when a crane snapped while atop the 90-story building, shutting down the block for six days.
FDNY tells Runnin’ Scared that a call came in around 11:30 a.m. and rushed to the scene immediately.
Reports from the scene say a yellow box is dangling about 20 stories above ground level.
The street below is closed to both cars and pedestrians. There is an extra worry with this crane malfunction, on top of the possibility that workers cannot stabilize it: New York is currently under tornado watch.
Runnin’ Scared has yet to receive comment from Extell Development Company, the large-scale developer that owns this and other buildings in midtown and the Upper West Side, one of which will likely have separate entrances for market-rate and affordable units. We will update when we hear back.