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Look Out Below! Ice, Snow Fall From Building In Manhattan

Falling ice and snow from One57 building on West 57th Street on Feb. 4, 2014 (Credit: CBS 2)

Falling ice and snow from One57 building on West 57th Street on Feb. 4, 2014 (Credit: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — As New Yorkers dig out from yet another winter storm, pedestrians walking along the sidewalks of New York City have been keeping an eye on the sky as chunks of falling ice and snow from tall buildings have been seen crashing down to the ground.

As CBS 2’s Don Champion reported Tuesday, an eye-witness shot video of snow and ice falling from the One57 building on West 57th Street in Midtown on Tuesday.

The One57 building is still under construction and is billed as being Manhattan’s tallest condominium skyscraper.

Witnesses said the ice and snow fell periodically for about two hours Tuesday afternoon.

“They were hitting cars and buses as it was going by and they were making big, big thumps on the ground, especially coming from that high up,” Manhattan resident Lee Rosenbloom said. “Always be alert and uh, the only difference here is that you gotta be alert from the sky-down as opposed to the ground-up.”

As a precaution, construction workers blocked off access to the cross walk in front of the building, so that no one would get hit, Champion reported. No one was injured.

When it comes to falling snow and ice, the Department of Buildings said property owners are legally responsible to clear ice and snow from their buildings when they can.

With temperatures hanging just above the freezing mark, dangerous ice and snow could continue to fall from overhangs and roofs. Pedestrians are being urged to remain careful and vigilant.

This isn’t the first time the One57 building has posed a danger to pedestrians, Champion reported.

During Hurricane Sandy, a crane helping with construction collapsed, dangling high above the street. Then, last year a 13,000 pound weight on the same crane got stuck in the air, causing traffic below to be diverted.

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