A large crane cleaved away from a tower under construction at 303 East 51st Street this afternoon, crashing down on buildings blocks away and totally demolishing a townhouse holding the bar Fubar at 305 East 50th Street. Numerous reports from the neighborhood cite a construction site being run with obvious deficiencies; the crane fell in an apparent attempt to rise it up to add floors to what was to have been a 40-story development, 19 of which had been completed.
Above, photos of the scene and surrounding impact submitted by Curbed readers to the photopool and the tipline. Reaction to follow.
· Crane Topples in Manhattan, Killing at Least 4 People [NYTimes]
· BREAKING: Midtown Crane Collapse Kills Four [Gothamist]