Crane Left Dangling Off Roof of NYC High-Rise

More than 100 firefighters and police officers rushed to Midtown Monday afternoon after a construction crane atop a building collapsed at around 2:30 p.m., leaving its boom dangling off the roof, officials said.

The building, at 157 W 57th Street, is under construction and reportedly scheduled to open next year as the city's tallest luxury apartment building.

No injuries had been reported, according to an FDNY spokesman, who said the building had not collapsed.

"The boom of the crane is hanging off the side of the building," he said.

The spokesman said officials do not believe anyone is in the building, but that nearby buildings would be evacuated as a precaution. Police officers were blocking off streets from pedestrians and helping with evacuation efforts, according to the NYPD.

Earlier in the day, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said New Yorkers shouldn't be worried about construction sites around the city.

"We have worked very hard to make sure all cranes and construction sites are battered down, and we've had so far no indication of any debris blowing off a construction site," he said during a news conference. "But as the winds get worse, our precautions get tested more, and you never know."

FDNY and Port Authority officials dismissed reports of a broken crane at the World Trade Center site Monday afternoon.

"We have crews up on the 90th floor and we confirm there's no issues with the crane at One World Trade Center," a Port Authority official told amNewYork.

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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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