Death toll rises on Crane Collapse.

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Death toll rises on Crane Collapse.#1
Posted: 3/15/08 at 9:37pm
Hope you are all ok. What street exactly did this occur on?

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re: Death toll rises on Crane Collapse.#2
Posted: 3/15/08 at 9:40pm
earlier on cbs they were saying 51st between 3rd and 2nd.
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re: Death toll rises on Crane Collapse.#2
Posted: 3/15/08 at 9:42pm
The top of the crane stretched across the street and fell on a small building on E. 52 St., crushing it.
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re: Death toll rises on Crane Collapse.#3
Posted: 3/15/08 at 9:45pm
Small building? I thought they said it was a high rise?
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re: Death toll rises on Crane Collapse.#4
Posted: 3/15/08 at 9:48pm
The crane was on top of a high rise that was under construction, and fell off onto smaller buildings around the site (from what I understand).
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re: Death toll rises on Crane Collapse.#5
Posted: 3/15/08 at 9:51pm
the building that was crashed was apparntly a 4 story townhome.
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re: Death toll rises on Crane Collapse.#6
Posted: 3/15/08 at 10:01pm
Looks like the crane took off a corner of the building across the street from it them destroyed a building two blocks over!
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re: Death toll rises on Crane Collapse.#7
Posted: 3/15/08 at 10:24pm
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re: Death toll rises on Crane Collapse.#8
Posted: 3/15/08 at 10:41pm
I'm on vacation but it fell around the corner from where I live, right where I walk Miss Holly every night.
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re: Death toll rises on Crane Collapse.#9
Posted: 3/15/08 at 11:48pm
I used to live right there...very scary.
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re: Death toll rises on Crane Collapse.#10
Posted: 3/16/08 at 1:48am
My friend was right around the corner when it happened. He called me right after. I hope nobody else is trapped in there.
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re: Death toll rises on Crane Collapse.#11
Posted: 3/16/08 at 8:47am
They just said on NY1 that at least one person is still trapped. Four dead, at least twenty-one injured.

So sad.
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re: Death toll rises on Crane Collapse.#12
Posted: 3/16/08 at 9:36am
I hate those cranes. I hate those high-rises. I want my wonderful low-rise neighborhood back. The housing inspectors are corrupt. I hope they all lose their jobs and draconian anti-development laws are put in place.
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re: Death toll rises on Crane Collapse.#13
Posted: 3/16/08 at 10:17am
i hope so too, pj.
this may be the first accident of this magnitude, but dangerous construction accidents have become a regular occurance.
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re: Death toll rises on Crane Collapse.#14
Posted: 3/16/08 at 10:21am
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re: Death toll rises on Crane Collapse.#15
Posted: 3/16/08 at 10:46am
We seem to have more and more crane disasters here in the city and it's happening with more frequency as time goes by. I think it calls for a thorough investigation into the contracting industry. I mean, really!

Yesterday I noticed for the first time, a large crane a few blocks from where I live. Today, it's gone. I wonder if yesterday's accident had anything to do with that.
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re: Death toll rises on Crane Collapse.#16
Posted: 3/16/08 at 1:08pm
I hate this building boom. So much thunderous activity going on in such a small space, and all to build incredibly tall buildings so that rich a-holes will have a place to store their mistresses and whatever the masculine form of mistresses is.

Yeah, judgey. Whatever.

Yes, crane disasters are becoming pretty frequent, and it's getting so that the sides of streets that have construction on them are usually avoided by pedestrians. There used to be a huge crane on top of a high building near Columbus Circle--it sat on the edge (how do they get those things UP there??) of the roof and would sway on windy days. Scary stuff.

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re: Death toll rises on Crane Collapse.#17
Posted: 3/16/08 at 1:19pm
I used to try to avoid walking under the scaffolding or other temporary structures on buildings undergoing restoration or repair. Now, it's impossible because almost every street has hazardous areas you'd like to avoid. I'm serious. In the neighborhoods I frequent the most, there are those temporary walkways set up in the street because the sidewalk is closed, new buildings going up, old ones being renovated, etc. I hate it.
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re: Death toll rises on Crane Collapse.#18
Posted: 3/16/08 at 2:19pm
nygrli. They bring the cranes up and down in pieces through the elevator shafts before the elevators are installed.
With the big building boom after 9/11 the city has been lax in checking the various scaffoldings and cranes. I will bet anything that after this disaster there will be a huge crack down!
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re: Death toll rises on Crane Collapse.#19
Posted: 3/16/08 at 2:23pm
It's a sign that this constant building up needs to STOP.
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re: Death toll rises on Crane Collapse.#20
Posted: 3/16/08 at 2:24pm
I am listening to NY1's live audiostream now with the Mayor and a woman who I didn't catch who she was but is talking about the accident and what they are doing now.
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re: Death toll rises on Crane Collapse.#21
Posted: 3/16/08 at 4:35pm
A similar thing, but on a much smaller scale, happened in my neighborhood here in Alexandria, VA. The crane fell into 4 or 5 adjacent townhouses, slicing into the top floor of all of them. Miraculously, no one was home! And the crane operator just rode it down and jumped out, sufffering only a broken leg. Those cranes are scary.
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re: Death toll rises on Crane Collapse.#22
Posted: 3/16/08 at 4:36pm
There is (or was) a giant crane on 41/42 and 8th ave that always TERRIFIED me.
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yes, we must stop building now! no more buildings over 4 stories anywhere! a tax on all builders and buildings! we'll make it so expensive to build in nyc that they'll never ever build another building here ever!! that'll teach them!
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It is already expensive which is one reason for the atronomical rents

With Wall Street in a bit of a bind now, many of these suckers will be hard to fill. If the NYS Government( the ultimate dysfunctional family)taxes rich people more , they will flee & these babies are gonna be white elephants.
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