Crane removed after partially collapsing near East Village NYCHA Building

Libby Cohen
July 30, 2019 - 3:29 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -A crane that partially collapsed next to an East Village NYCHA building Tuesday afternoon was removed early Wednesday morning, and residents of the building were allowed to return home.

Following the collapse, which happened near FDR Drive and East 6th Street, FDR Drive was temporarily shut down in both directions.A crane partially collapsed on a building in the East Village Tuesday afternoon, prompting the temporary shutdown of FDR in both directions around East 6th Street.

A Citizen app video showed it hanging next to a building near the FDR drive. Most lanes reopened after 4 p.m., in time for the afternoon rush, but delays remained. 

EMS said the building was being evacuated, and there were no injuries.

The FDNY sent a drone to film the accident: 

The crane hit the side of a Riis Houses, a city-run, six-story, 590-unit building. There was only superficial damage to the building; no structural damage. Only windows and air conditioners were damaged. 

The cause of the collapse remains under investigation, and workers were stabilizing the crane. 

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