NY tower crane recovery could take weeks

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While New York is facing a massive clean-up in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, one problem looms above all others: the tower crane with a broken boom atop the 306-metre tall One57 building beside Central Park.

Winds remain too high for work to be done on securing the boom, and more than 1000 residents have had to be evacuated from surrounding buildings, as well as from several nearby hotels that have been closed.

The boom, which crumpled in the high winds, is hanging freely. New York city mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a press conference that as soon as the wind speed drops, crews will work to strap the damaged boom to the building.

This will remove the immediate safety worry that it could fall to the streets below, and allow roads and buildings to be reopened.

But bringing the crane down could require a second tower crane to be assembled alongside it, which would be a lengthy process.

Author; CW Staff

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