The collapse of the 60-to-80-foot crane happened at a construction site behind the Pepsi-Cola sign on the East River about 2:30 p.m. It came down while workers were moving lumber at the work site on Center Boulevard. The work site is expected to become the home to a new residential tower by March of 2014.
The Department of Buildings was investigating and the crane operator was questioned.
Residents say the massive crane went up a couple of days ago, with the street closed for the entire day for it to be rigged up.
Michael Safron, a resident, said he saw the crane Tuesday when he visited a nearby playground with his daughter and became concerned enough about it to head home.
“You’ve got a lot of construction going on around here. So yeah, stuff happens.”