Load from crane in midtown Manhattan is lowered

Load from stuck crane the closed major Manhattan street finally reaches ground

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Load from crane in midtown Manhattan is lowered

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A load is suspended above the street in New York, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. Officials have closed West 57th Street between 6th and 7th avenues in Manhattan after a tower crane hoisting a load apparently got stuck about 20 floors up. A construction supervisor says the crane is the same one crane whose boom dangled dangerously nearly a year ago during Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK (AP) -- A 13,000-pound concrete weight that was dangling 40 floors above the street from a suspended crane in Manhattan has been lowered to the ground.

The heavy cube made it to the ground around 3:30 p.m. on Monday. It took hours for construction workers to lower it inch by inch on a rainy and windy afternoon.

The load hung from the same construction site where a crane's boom collapsed and dangled dangerously during Superstorm Sandy.

The crane had been frozen with its load in midair since about 7 a.m.

Building department records show the crane is owned by New York Crane and Equipment Corp. The company did not return a request for comment.


Associated Press writer Jennifer Peltz contributed to this report.

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