Crane Crashed Through 6th-Floor Window of 133 Essex Street Last Night

Posted on: April 26th, 2016 at 5:17 am by
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Yesterday evening, during the rush at 6:30pm, an active, albeit unstable, crane/cherry picker crashed into the sixth floor window of 133 Essex Street. It was deployed ten days ago for exterior work on the mid-block condo building.

An eyewitness on the scene – one of the residents, in fact – reported that the crane had been leaning on the facade of 133 Essex for a couple hours before any first responders showed up. Apparently the operators tried to remedy the situation, but it backfired when the basket broke through the window. At that point, the authorities were called. The eyewitness also claimed that there were people in the apartment when the machinery came through the window.

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Essex Street was closed to traffic in both directions for over an hour as the crane operator and firefighters worked to bring it down. The basket itself was sawed apart to dislodge it from the window housing.

According to the FDNY, the cherry picker was in no danger of collapsing and there were no injuries to report. A Department of Buildings representative on scene said a hydraulics failure is being blamed in the incident, according to NBC New York.

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