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Crane dangles from NYC high-rise, clearing streets

Monday - 10/29/2012, 10:22pm  ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- Nine-hundred guests at a nearby hotel are among those who have been evacuated as a construction crane dangles from a luxury high-rise in midtown Manhattan.

The crane collapsed in high winds as conditions worsened from the approaching Hurricane Sandy. Meteorologists say winds atop the 74-story building could have been close to 95 mph at the time.

Engineers and inspectors were planning to climb to the top of the building to examine it as the huge storm -- now classified a post-tropical cyclone -- bears down on the city.

There are no reports of injuries. City officials don't have a number on how many people have been told to leave.

The nearly-completed high-rise is known as 0ne57 and is in one of the city's most desirable neighborhoods, near Carnegie Hall, Columbus Circle and Central Park.

City officials say the crane had been inspected, along with other city cranes, on Friday and was found to be ready for the weather.

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296-v-32-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent)--The New York Fire Department is on the scene of a broken construction crane as Hurricane Sandy nears. AP correspondent Warren Levinson reports. (29 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO NYR101: A construction crane atop a $1.5 billion luxury high-rise in midtown Manhattan dangles precariously after collapsing in high winds Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, as a huge storm bore down on the city. Some nearby buildings including the Parker Meridien hotel, were evacuated as a precaution and the streets below were cleared around the nearly completed high-rise is known as One57, which is in one of the city's most desirable neighborhoods, near Carnegie Hall. (AP Photo/Verena Dobnik) (29 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO NYJM112: A construction crane atop a luxury high-rise dangles precariously over the streets after collapsing in high winds from Hurricane Sandy, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Hurricane Sandy bore down on the Eastern Seaboard's largest cities Monday, forcing the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds, soaking rain and a surging wall of water up to 11 feet tall. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (29 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO NYJM109: A construction crane atop a luxury high-rise dangles precariously over the streets after collapsing in high winds from Hurricane Sandy, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Hurricane Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo) (29 Oct 2012)

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