Skip To Content
Breaking News

Dentists Sue for $5M Over Sandy Crane Collapse

Two New York City dentists have filed a $5 million lawsuit against the contractor at a nearly completed 90-story luxury apartment building, blaming it for the collapse of the top of a construction crane during superstorm 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 years, the lawsuit said.

The closure “has significantly decreased the value of the company,” it said. “Musikant Deutsch lost substantial amount of income from not being able to treat patients.”

Individual plaintiff Barry Musikant, who lived near his office, was also forced to evacuate, the lawsuit said, and had been forced to spend $3,400 for lodging at a nearby club.

The plaintiffs said they were suing on behalf of a larger class of residents and businesses affected because of the evacuation.

Also named as defendants in the lawsuit were Canada’s Pinnacle Industries, which owns the crane, the crane’s operator and the building developer.

A message from our editor-in-chief Jodi Rudoren

We're building on 127 years of independent journalism to help you develop deeper connections to what it means to be Jewish today.

With so much at stake for the Jewish people right now — war, rising antisemitism, a high-stakes U.S. presidential election — American Jews depend on the Forward's perspective, integrity and courage.

—  Jodi Rudoren, Editor-in-Chief 

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.