Dentists sue over crane collapse during Sandy
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Friday, said the contractor, Australia's Lend Lease Construction , was negligent because it failed to make sure the crane was properly secured before the massive storm.
The crane collapse and the ensuing week-long evacuation was a direct result of defendants' failure to prepare, maintain, operate, and secure the crane to withstand the winds of the widely anticipated Hurricane Sandy, the lawsuit said.
As a result of the Oct. 29 collapse, residents and businesses in the surrounding area were evacuated until Nov. 4.
Mary Costello, a spokeswoman for Lend Lease, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
The building, known as One57 and designed by Christian de Portzamparc, features $90 million apartments. It has been climbing higher and, at 1,004 feet (300 metres), will tower over other buildings near Columbus Circle at the southwest corner of Central Park in Manhattan.
Both dental practices, Musikant Deutsch and Caroline Stern, located within one block of the apartment tower, were forced to evacuate their offices when the crane collapsed, the lawsuit said.
As a result of the evacuation, Musikant Deutsch, which is normally open and staffed around the clock seven days a week, h a d been forced to close for the first time in over 30