FINANCIAL DISTRICT?One of the most stunning images of Hurricane Sandy last night was water rushing into the open construction site of the World Trade Center. Crain's reports that Cuomo and the Port Authority are still assessing the damage, but there's likely no damage to the site's structure, only to the electrical equipment. The site's construction vehicle ramps seem to have acted like a chute, funneling the storm surge into the pit. Next door to the WTC, the World Financial Center was functional, and Goldman Sachs was "lit up like a Christmas tree." [Crain's]
MIDTOWN?All eyes have been on the dangling damaged crane of One57, Extell's ultra-luxury condo going up on 57th Street. In light of press questions regarding the site, Extell released this statement:
Responding to press questions, we can confirm that LendLease took all recommended measures to position the crane in anticipation of a hurricane. This was inspected and approved by the Department of Buildings and is the standard for hurricanes.
LendLease together with members of the Extell construction team and with supervision and direction of the Fire Department, OEM, DOB, along with other city agencies, are planning a recovery procedure to secure the crane. As soon as the Fire Department deems it safe, that procedure will begin.
We apologize for the considerable inconvenience experienced by our neighbors, but safety is paramount. We are thankful that no one has been hurt.[CurbedWire Inbox; previously]