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NYC Workers Replace Crane Damaged by Sandy

May 11, 2013

By The Associated Press

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NEW YORK - Workers in New York City have carefully replaced the boom of a massive crane that dangled dangerously over Manhattan after it was twisted and warped by Sandy.

Construction crews began lifting the boom to its lofty position above 57th Street early Saturday morning. The crane`s top is about 1,000 feet up.

Residents of two nearby apartment buildings were ordered out Friday as a precaution. They were all expected to be back home by Saturday evening.

Displaced residents got $1,500 checks from the development company because of their troubles.

Sandy`s high winds nearly snapped the huge boom from its cab. If it had fallen from that height, it could have crushed buildings or killed people in the street.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Story Image: A mailbox with a lighthouse design sits on the porch of a burned out home in the Breezy Point section of Queens borough of New York following Sandy's wrath. (Mark Lennihan/AP)

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