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Crews Repair Manhattan Crane Broken During Sandy

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More than six months after it dangled high above Midtown, repairs were made Saturday to the crane that broke during Hurricane Sandy. NY1's Bree Driscoll filed the following report.

All eyes were in the sky Saturday on 57th Street in Midtown.

Almost everyone who walked by wanted to catch a glimpse of the 18-ton crane boom being hoisted to the top of One57.

"We're from Australia, so we heard about it in Australia when the storm happened," said one person. "So I'm rather interested to see the new one going up today."

"I think it's amazing," said another. "It's state of the art. I think it is great that they're doing it, and it is fun to watch."

"I think it is fine that is it getting secured, but it makes me queasy to look at people up that high," said a third.

When Hurricane Sandy hit a little more than six months ago, the high winds caused the original crane to bend and dangle from the top of the 79-story building. Residents were quickly evacuated, but the crane never fell, and it was secured a few days later.

Now, the city Department of Buildings asked residents to evacuate once again as the new crane was put in place.

"On October 29, we vacated this build in about four-and-a-half minutes," said Matt Mazer, president of the board managers of the Briarcliff Condominiums. "So when the city told us we need four hours to do it this time, we said 'We've rehearsed.'"

At one point the boom had to be lowered part of the way back down when the winds picked up. Still, officials say the project couldn't have gone better.

Extell Development Company, the company who owns One57, gave each household $1,500 for lodging and food while they were evacuated.

People in the neighborhood said they just want the project to be finished.

"The safest building is a completed building, and when you live next to one under construction, that's more than a slogan and a watch word," Mazer said. "They are words to live by."

Saturday afternoon, 57th street opened back up to traffic and pedestrians. Officials say construction can continue at One57 Monday morning.

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