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Building Developers Could Face Lawsuits Over The Infamous 'Dangling Crane'


One57 Crane

Some serious lawsuits could result from Hurricane Sandy's gusts of wind toppling a crane over the still-under-construction glitzy One57 building in Midtown Manhattan Monday, according to The Real Deal. 

The crane was completely bent backward by the wind. It threatened to drop over the 57th Street area during the peak of the storm.

In the worst case scenario, if the crane was not secured properly or city rules were not followed, there could be criminal negligence charges filed against One57 developers, Extell and Lend Lease, sources told The Real Deal.

Most suits will most likely come from businesses that were evacuated in the area suing over loss of profit. 

Extell said that Lend Lease “took all recommended measures to position the crane in anticipation of a hurricane,” according to a statement.

The crane continues to dangle nearly 1,000 feet in the air.

There's no word on if the incident will delay the opening of the building. 

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