Friday, May 30, 2008

The Crane

After the crane collapsed a few months ago, I told my husband, "we really need to get some renter's insurance, what if one of those hit our building...among other things that could happen in this city." He bought insurance for us that week. The building across the street started going up this fall, but about a month or two ago a very large crane was set up. I would walk down other streets to avoid it, remembering the people that died when the last crane collapsed in March (also on the Upper East). My husband and I had recently even discussed where it would fall if it fell down. It scared me every time I saw it.

My sister-in-law arrived late last night and was asleep in our living room. My husband and I stayed up late, so we were a little behind this morning. I jumped in the shower about 8:00am and he took Daisy out for her morning walk. He came inside screaming "The Crane collapsed, the crane collapsed---look out the window." The crane had collapsed just minutes before he went outside. He does not normally walk Daisy right where it happened, but I walk her there in the afternoons. The Dwayne Reade in the pictures is our Dwayne Reade. We actually looked at the building the crane hit. It is hard to not think of what could have happened. It was also a bad flashback for me of the shooting scene months before. Police, ambulances, firetrucks, helicopters--everywhere.

I snapped these pictures this morning on the way to work. Please say a prayer for the people who died this morning and for the injured. This is ridiculous and our city needs to take action. They should not be able to build these buildings unless safety is stepped up--A LOT! Our lease is up in a few months and we are probably moving (staying on UES) but I think I've had enough scary memories on 1st Avenue for one year.











19 comments:

magnolia mama said...

How scary! One fell in a Seattle suburb last year and killed a guy watching tv in his apartment across the street.

Sunshine In The City said...

Yikes! I'm sure you are feeling very uneasy right now, I hope you feel better soon. They really need to put in some regulation and additional security matters ASAP! Everytime I see construction I always try to cross the street.

Jenny said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the crane this morning. I first heard it on the radio and thought it was a weird flashback to the prior one. It really astounds me as to why the city hasn't begun to enforce better regulation for this not to happen. I'm sadden to see my hometown go through such senseless problems. I hope things settle in your neighborhood and that you feel better. My thoughts are with those injured and who have lost their lives.

Preppy Mama said...

I actually thought about you this morning when I heard about it. Seriously, this is the scariest stuff. Glad to hear that you are safe.

Steph said...

You were the first person I thought of when I heard the news! Wow, I can't believe it was soooo close to you! I hope they really step up inspections and such for these construction sites!
Glad you are safe!

Rachel Ann said...

When I saw this on the news this morning, I immediately thought of you. I'm glad everyone in the MMM House is alright--it's such a frightening and preventable tragedy.

SAS said...

Oh my goodness! That is so scary! I just heard it on the news a few hours ago. Praying for everyone!

suburban prep said...

OMG. What a scare.

linda said...

It's awful! Glad to hear you are ok...I would never even walk under scaffolding when I lived on the Upper East Side.

Lauren said...

I am glad you are okay. That is such a sad situation.

Scarlet O'Kara said...

I saw this on the news and said a prayer for all the people that were involved. Never imagined that I would access your blog and read that this happened so close to your home. Glad to hear that you all are safe, but how awful.

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emersonsmama said...

How scary! So glad y'all are ok!

magnoliabelle said...

I'm so glad you all are ok. That's still got to be scary though!

Mrs.Preppy said...

That is a scary thing that these cranes keep falling. I hope they get the situation under control soon.

Belle-ah said...

That is so scary! I am so glad y'all are alright.

Farrell & Lauren said...

I am so sorry that happened. You have definitely had you share of scary experiences. I just can't believe there have been two crane collapses. Good luck finding the new apartment- sounds like it might be nice to have a fresh start.

Traci Anne said...

Eesh, so scary! One of my old coworkers lives in the Elektra :-\ Glad y'all are ok!

Carolyn said...

That is so scary. I know it scares my sister who lives in NYC too. I'm glad you guys are ok.

White Lily said...

I know what you're talking about, I go from different streets to avoid the cranes too. I'm very scared of them.

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