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Crews Secure Massive Counterweight At Midtown Skyscraper

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Vehicle and pedestrian traffic on West 57th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues reopened Monday after crews worked to secure a massive crane counterweight that had been dangling 40 stories above.

According to the city Office of Emergency Management, a hydraulic failure caused the crane to break at the 79-story One57 building.

Engineers worked to manually lower the 13,500-pound counterweight to the ground.

Timing was of the essence as high winds from a line of storms made their way into the area.

Con Edison shut off gas and steam pipe service to nine buildings nearby as a precaution.

"It's very dangerous and you know it's a big inconvenience. And that may sound ridiculous as a New Yorker, people are moving quick and everything but it is an inconvenience to people's daily life and you know all the businesses on 57th and the traffic," said one New Yorker who watched the events unfold.

"This is New York and people build things and it's just gonna happen, as long as it doesn't happen to me," said another passerby.

The tower, located at 157 West 57th Street, is the same one where winds from Hurricane Sandy left a crane dangling nearly a year ago.

Residents were quickly evacuated at that time.

It was secured a few days later and repaired about six months ago.

New York Crane, which operates the crane at the site, had no comment.

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