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Dangling crane still threatens mid-town Manhattan, New York

By Lorianne Updike Toler

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 30 2012 6:32 p.m. MDT

NEW YORK CITY — As my husband and I walked home from church Sunday, he pointed to the crane of a 50-plus story luxury residential high-rise under construction and said, "that is going to blow over in the storm."

His words proved prophetic, as heavy winds from Hurricane Sandy nearly toppled the crane Monday and left it precariously hanging. In the days leading up to Hurricane Sandy, the crane was inspected — but ultimately no attempts were made to dismantle it.

Residents and businesses have been evacuated from the area around where the dangling crane could strike, and personnel won't be able to re-secure the crane until after the hurricane has passed. When exactly the crane gets secured seems to be unknown.

We are located one street down and one avenue over from the dangerous crane. Our street has been closed off since last night, and firetrucks and police cars mark the perimeter of areas deemed unsafe to traverse.

I thought it looked dangerously close from the 44th floor, but I am grateful we have not been evacuated.

Lorianne Updike Toler is pursuing a doctorate in comparative constitutional legal history at the University of Pennsylvania, is president of Lorianne Updike Toler Constitutional Consulting, and blogs at amormonatoxford.blogspot.com

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