Breaking: Carnegie Hall reopens after threat from dangling crane

Breaking: Carnegie Hall reopens after threat from dangling crane


norman lebrecht

October 07, 2013

West 57th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues was closed this morning after a tower crane hoisting a load got stuck. A large, yellow box dangled 20 stories above the street.

It wass the same crane (below) that paralysed the area for several days during Hurricane Sandy last November. The second breakdown came during a tornado watch and a high-wind forecast.

Video report here. By mid-afternoon, the crane was made safe and the street reopened.



  • Douglas Webster says:

    The good news is that it will not disrupt the Opening Night performance; the stagehands already took care of that.

  • Eric says:

    For what it’s worth, this photo is from the previous crane emergency, and there’s no confirmation that it is dangling….just that it malfunctioned and became stuck while lifting a load. The danger has now been lifted, and the street reopened.–226756081.html

  • Inanimate objects have a habit of striking at Carnegie Hall, don’t they?

  • squirrel says:

    Could the Minneapolis Symphony (former Minnesota Orchestra) show up and play Sibelius’ “Scene With Cranes” and make sense of the mess?