- Posted at 11:31, November 11, 2013
- By Russ Bleemer
The second crane to fail at Extell's uber-luxury One57 development has been cleared as of 2 a.m., according to NY1, and is completely dismantled.
The NYC news channel said that the city's Office of Emergency Management provided the all-clear early today. Its report including video can be found here.
The towering condo at 157 W. 57th, developed by Extell Development Co., has been immersed in controversy since groundbreaking in 2010. Calling itself the world's tallest residential building, its success has raised eyebrows, with a penthouse duplex reportedly selling for more than $90 million.
Garishness has been the least of the problems, however. A crane became dislodged during Superstorm Sandy; surrounding blocks were closed and emergency personnel were diverted from flooded areas and hospitals without power downtown while the crane dangled precariously near the top of the 75-story building.
The drama last six days before the crane was secured. It did not fall. The city had inspected it only a week earlier, and investigations indicated it was a freak occurrence.
That is, until last month, when NY1 says a seven-ton block was left dangling. That problem was the one that was cleared today.