Brace, that CitizenM Crane will Tower above the Bowery for at Least Another 5 Months

Posted on: January 3rd, 2017 at 5:08 am by


The CitizenM Hotel is one of the busiest project sites in the neighborhood of late. Ironic, given its status as in-progress for the better part of a decade. Its towering crane (aka Power Boom) is to remain a semi-permanent skyline fixture until all modular units are stacked to the 19-story summit.

At the moment, the crane is undergoing another “quarterly” safety inspection, and will return to full height tomorrow morning.

Task for the duration is hoisting those pre-fab modular units into place beside the other section of tower. Flatbed trucks had been delivering payloads right outside 199 Bowery for the last month. However, that’s apparently changing. We received a project update that included the following message:

Modular units will continue to be delivered to the site and the stacking of these units will continue over the next five months. Staging of trucks with the modular units will take place between Grand and Stanton Streets on Forsyth. Trucks have been instructed not to idle and we will have staff assigned to enforce this regulation.

That means, residents all along Forsyth Street will feel the brunt of this construction. Initial forecast for the crane was 20 weeks from mid-October. Now, longer. We’re staring down the barrel of five more months.

For the crane to even operate here, the hotel company surreptitiously netted city approval earlier in the fall to alter the intersection of Bowery and Delancey. Neighbors still worry about its long-term presence (and stability), especially since it’s similar to the one that collapsed in Tribeca during a windstorm a couple years ago.

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