Another Crane Collapse

Friday, May 30, 2008

We get an update on this morning's crane collapse on the Upper East Side.

Comments [29]

hjs from 11211

but is anyone calling for higher taxes to pay for better government

May. 30 2008 02:41 PM
Trevor from lic

whip bloomberg!

May. 30 2008 12:39 PM
Voter from Brooklyn

What was happening during a collapse? …a rather simple minded question. “The building was being built.” A matter of fact 100% accurate answer. I’m right there with you Chris O on the way the mayor addresses a situation. It has been three and a half hours, THREE AND A HALF HOURS!!! since the collapse. Who knows all of the facts of what happen after an incident like this, especially since the one person who may know exactly what happen is dead. What other answer could Bloomberg have given to what happen during the collapse? Cars were on the street? People were on the sidewalk? Ms. Elizabeth Nobody of 388 E. 91 St. was kissing her daughter good-bye after dropping her of for school, only to get struck down in the prime of her life? What kind of soft-news human-interest BS do you people want? A crane was building a high-rise in a city of high rises. Construction is extremely dangerous, accidents do happen, and people WILL die. The job of the DOB/mayor are to protect public health and safety and minimize the number accidents like these, not predict the future and insure that no one anywhere in any way is never ever ever ever a victim. Why don’t we just bulldoze the city, ban movement of any kind, and cover all land and water in inert, suffocation-proof, environmentally-friendly, hypoallergenic, kid-proof fluff so nothing bad ever happens.

May. 30 2008 12:02 PM


Amen, start throwing them in jail. Will there be any accountability for this at all?

May. 30 2008 11:46 AM
Chris O from New York City

You ever hear of patience. People want information that is just not available yet, immediate gratification.

May. 30 2008 11:46 AM
incredulous from new york city

Wow, Bloomberg just sounds annoyed, as if people are being unreasonable for demanding information. This, I think, is an unacceptable response from a mayor. Unbelievable. This is unacceptable.

May. 30 2008 11:45 AM
Chris O from New York City

I like that Bloomberg says the non-political thing like, "There will always be deaths..." or whatever he may have said. Better than, "Never again will a spouse, a mother, have to face the news that their loved one was killed in a collapse..." or other political pablum, trite seemingly high-minded language. I really like that he does not cater in that way.

That said, NYC is more rapidly becoming the home of the super-rich and it seems his major concern is accelerating this and keeping the money wheel going around.

May. 30 2008 11:44 AM

Hey Bloomy,

New Yorkers are beginning to feel as if we're more in danger of a crane falling on us than being killed by a terrorist attack!

May. 30 2008 11:44 AM
rick from brooklyn

I know a really good way to stop these accidents from happening: start throwing these unethical contractors and owners of construction companies in jail. when they realize that it's not ok for people to die in these preventable accidents, they will all of a sudden clean up their act.

May. 30 2008 11:43 AM

Does Bloomberg realize someone died?

May. 30 2008 11:42 AM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn

Once again, Mayor Bloomberg shows utter contempt for the people of New York. Reporter asks what was happening at the time of collapse, he answers that the building was being put up.

Bloomberg asserts that there will always be deaths. I'm sure that makes New York workers and the public generally feel better.

What a revolting little toad Bloomberg is. He should be ashamed.

May. 30 2008 11:38 AM
hc from new york city

ho hum, money and development trumps life again especially the lives of lowly workers. Listening to Billionaire-Bloomberg makes me absolutely sick.

May. 30 2008 11:36 AM
Robert from NYC

thank goodness this is his last term as mayor. Do you really want a businessman to be your mayor? president? governor? I don't. This guy's interested in the financial side of things. Blechhhh!

May. 30 2008 11:35 AM
hjs from 11211

was the crane made in china??

May. 30 2008 11:30 AM
Trevor from lic

no more cranes! no more building! no more development!

May. 30 2008 11:26 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

My previous post wasn’t directed at any of the comments on this page, but at all of the “we don’t know yets” or “it’s not clears” in the reporting of the story. Especially since the basics are readily available online.

May. 30 2008 11:21 AM
Amy from Brooklyn

Maybe a Follow-Up Friday topic:

Residences being built over new schools. Developers are using the lure of / need for new schools to push through the building of lucrative residential developments.

It's happening in Dumbo right now. Two Trees development co. is proposing a huge building right next to the Brooklyn Bridge that opponents say would severely disrupt the open view of the Bridge from the Brooklyn side. But supporters say the new middle school is so necessary that it doesn't matter.

Big debate here in Dumbo. Surely it's happening all over the city.

Check it out:

- Amy in Brooklyn

May. 30 2008 11:19 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

Oh come on! I didn't want to say anything but a 5-10 minute Google (or 1010, or NYTimes)search could have rendered the names of the contractor, the development name, the architects, the DOB record, etc...
Before babbling on, a little research, please.

May. 30 2008 11:13 AM
hjs from 11211

small government BAD!!!

May. 30 2008 11:06 AM
Matt W. from Red Hook

Building upon Nick's DOB info, have a look at the list of 311 complaints made against the construction site. 67 is the category code for complaints related to the use of a crane. Granted, given heightened anxiety, people may be making more crane complaints than usual, but there are a number of 67 complaints here:

May. 30 2008 10:30 AM
Betty Arce from Bronx, New York

I heard from TV news that the building under construction - the Azure- includes a 35 story high rise and a middle school. A resident of the damaged building who was interviewed by NY One indicated that he noticed that the crane had been jacked up higher over the weekend. He expressed his concerns that it didn't seem safe but was assured by the crew that there was no need to worry.

According to city records, the company that is building the Azure is the Leon D. DeMatteis Construction Corporation of Elmont, on Long Island.

May. 30 2008 10:25 AM
Jo Anne Kleifgen

Brian just asked this morning about the contractor/owner of the construction in question where the crane collapsed. Google Maps shows a street view of the corner, and the sign there (if Google has current photos) show the name, DEMATTEIS, of Elmont, NY. The "coming soon" sign states: "Azure, 34 floor luxury coop."

May. 30 2008 10:24 AM
Voter from Brooklyn

Address - 333 East 91st
Name - Azure
Developer - The DeMatteis Organization and The Mattone Group
Architect - SLCE Architects

Sources: and Azure website

May. 30 2008 10:18 AM
hjs from 11211

london bridge is falling down.

May. 30 2008 10:18 AM
Rogene from Brooklyn


The building under construction was the Azure, a high-rise condominium tower; about 12 of the 34 planned stories had been completed. According to city records, the company that is building the Azure is the Leon D. DeMatteis Construction Corporation of Elmont, on Long Island.

May. 30 2008 10:16 AM
nick from manhattan

Azure highrise

DOB info

May. 30 2008 10:15 AM
Walter from nyc

THe Crane Developer:
The DeMatteis Organizations are a group of family owned and managed businesses that were began in 1918 by Leon DeMatteis in Brooklyn, New York. His son Frederick was Chairman of the Organization that is now led by his two sons, Richard F. DeMatteis, President and Scott L. DeMatteis, Senior Executive Vice President.

May. 30 2008 10:14 AM
Matt W. from Red Hook

From the Times website:

According to city records, the company that is building the Azure is the Leon D. DeMatteis Construction Corporation of Elmont, on Long Island. A call to the sales office of 1765 First Associates L.L.C., a subsidiary of DeMatteis, was not immediately returned.

May. 30 2008 10:12 AM
Chris O from New York City

As a cyclist, my complaint with the cranes and the massive construction boom of massive structures is that they do massive damage to the road. I am talking cracks, bumps, holes and just very dangerous terrain for a cyclist to navigate through, unless on a mountain bike.

May. 30 2008 10:11 AM

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