According to published reports, a witness claims to have seen the crane operator inside the machine at the time of the accident.
No injuries have been reported.
Work to lower the boom and all other parts continued on Saturday evening and was expected to go all night long and into the morning.
A round of storms ripped down trees and power lines, and brought delays and cancellations to Tri-State Area airports and train lines Monday afternoon.
Officials closed West 57th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues for several hours after a tower crane hoisting a load got stuck Monday morning.
A huge metal crane that was toppled by Superstorm Sandy and left hanging precariously over the road was finally going back up Saturday.
A crane operator and a contractor didn’t inspect equipment, failed to take proper precautions and ran the rig unsafely before it collapsed while building a New York City apartment tower and injured seven construction workers, officials said Wednesday.
The neck of the 380-foot mobile crane crashed through the top of the wooden first floor of the site, officials said.
The crane that collapsed and terrified Midtown residents and visitors as it dangled over the road during Superstorm Sandy has been rebuilt by an area hotel in gingerbread form, according to a published report.
The incident happened at 438 W. 38th Street at Dyer Avenue, near the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel around 8:45 a.m. No injuries were reported.
West 57th Street in Midtown has reopened to pedestrian traffic, with the crane that collapsed during Superstorm Sandy now secured.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Saturday urged everyone who might need shelter to seek it out as the temperature drops, and slammed the Long Island Power Authority for not attending more promptly to outages in the Rockaways.
The crane had been blown over on Monday as winds from Sandy began picking up. The rig’s arm dangled precariously and forced evacuations in the thick of the storm.
The top of the crane, about 75-stories up, could be seen dangling down from next to the luxury building.
Residents had filed complaints but didn’t realize how serious the situation was until they came home Tuesday to find that doors were no longer closing properly.