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Crane dangling from same West 57th building that saw malfunction during Sandy

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MANHATTAN (PIX11) — With Manhattan under a tornado watch, a malfunction has left a crane dangling from the same building on West 57th Street that saw a dramatic crane malfunction just as Superstorm Sandy hit New York.

The building, One57, is at 157 West 57th Street and will be New York’s tallest residential tower. Police have closed West 57th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues, placing the area under a so-called Level One Mobilization.

The danger with the crane is twofold: the13-ton load could fall, or, more likely, the winds will kick up with the coming storm.

An Extell source told a Crain’s New York reporter that the crane is not in danger of collapse, and will be “manually lowered.” Extell is the buidling’s developer.

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A box attached to the crane dangles over West 57th Street. (James Ford/PIX11 News)

The crane, dangling high above 57th Street, is attached to a long cord attached to a box, which is above 20 stories above ground.

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The tower from which the crain is dangling is the tallest residential building in New York.

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At Edelmans Shoes, across the street from the crane, the whole building, 130 W. 57th St. , has been evacuated.

A different crane much higher on the same building was left dangling over West 57th Street as Hurricane Sandy bore down on Manhattan.

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