With Winter Coming, Neighbors Worry About Tower Crane Stability at CitizenM Site on the Bowery

Posted on: November 2nd, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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It’s not just traffic safety that neighbors of the CitizenM Hotel on the Bowery are worried about. How about the construction equipment and the potential for disaster.

One week after the hotel company surreptitiously netted city approval to alter the intersection of Bowery and Delancey, the towering crane is assembled, albeit on its side, awaiting duty. And snarling traffic in the process. The mechanics take up one lane on a whole city block between Rivington and Delancey. End to end. Eventually this beast will be hoisted hundreds of feet into the air.

With winter coming, though, residents dwelling in nearby buildings are worried about overall stability. Especially during stormy weather. A concerned neighbor claims that this crane is similar to the one that collapsed in Tribeca last year during a windstorm (plus, operator negligence), killing one man and injuring two others.

Here’s a diagram of a slightly smaller crane for context.

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Of equal concern is the contractor here, the Rinaldi Group, which carries a poor reputation with regard to construction site safety. As previously reported, their license reportedly was suspended last year after an investigation into the death of a construction worker at the Riu Hotel job site on West 46th Street. Christian Ginesi, a 25-year-old Iraq war veteran, was killed May 5, 2015 when he tried to evacuate a stalled elevator 24 flights up; he plunged to his death.

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