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Portage native tackles tough post-Sandy Manhattan commute

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A damaged crane hangs over West 57th Street in New York City. Photo courtesy of Reuters.
A damaged crane hangs over West 57th Street in New York City. Photo courtesy of Reuters.

NEW YORK (WKZO) -- Portage native Greg Moore, who lives in New York City and works in Manhattan, tells WKZO the first day of work after Hurricane Sandy was complicated for workers trying to get to their offices.

Without mass transit available, workers were driving into town - or taking cabs - which caused gridlock. That was complicated by the crane dangling over West 57th Street, which was closed.

That whole street, which is the main crosstown throughfare by the way, was completely closed to traffic," Moore said. "It was just a mass of cars going nowhere."

It is believed winds around 80 to 100mph during Hurricane Sandy damaged the crane, the end of which has been dangling in between buildings along West 57th.

Crews were busy Wednesday morning trying to sort out how to deal with it, knowing what is holding it could snap and bring it crashing to the pavement at any time.

CBS News reported Tuesday crews have been concerned about what damage the crane could do once it hits the pavement, where it could damage power and gas lines below the pavement.

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