The mechanical problem, which occurred at the same construction site where a huge crane was buckled by Superstorm Sandy last year, prompted the closure of nearby streets and the evacuation of a school, WABC-TV, New York, reported.
The crane stalled about 9:30 a.m. EDT while hoisting building materials onto the One57 building, a 90-story luxury high-rise under construction. The construction company, with assistance from government departments and the police and fire departments, manually lowered the concrete block by 3:30 p.m. before threatening storms arrived, the TV station said.
Geneva School of Manhattan, whose students range from pre-school to eighth-grade, was emptied as a precaution. Consolidated Edison shut down a gas line running under the block, WABC-TV said.
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