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November 4, 2012: Construction workers secured the crane that was damaged during Hurricane Sandy and remained dangling above 57th street in Manhattan, shutting down traffic for a week. The surrounding area had been evacuated, with steam, electricity and gas all being shut off to prevent any additional damage should the crane’s boom come loose.
The tethering process began on Saturday and took 36 hours to complete with workers manually turning the crane with a hand crank to rotate the damaged boom toward the building.
By midweek, the vacate order was lifted and allowed people evacuated from nearby homes, hotels and office buildings to be able to return.