Debris Falling From 111 West 57th Street Construction Site After High Wind Crane Incident

Monday, November 2, 2020

Midtown Manhattan

By APB Staff Writer

On the day before the elections, West 57th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues remained closed in both directions as the “Stop Work” order remains in effect after a cable come loose in the wind and debris started falling down on the street and on the roofs of nearby buildings.

The crane began swinging shortly before 7 PM this past Thursday evening at 111 West 57th Street, an 84-story supertall skyscraper currently under construction on the “billionaire’s row” street of high-rises.

The NYPD said there were no immediate reports of injuries, despite people seeing large pieces of debris falling from the building. It was unclear whether the debris was related to the crane’s motion or what knocked pieces loose.

F trains began bypassing the 57th Street station in both directions, while N, Q and R trains bypassed the 57th Street-7th Avenue stations in both directions.

In a strange coincidence, the incident occurred eight years to the day after high winds caused another crane to collapse and dangle dangerously on top of One57, a skyscraper on the same block on West 57th Street, during Hurricane Sandy.