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Report: Crane That Dangled Dangerously During Sandy Rebuilt In Gingerbread

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- The crane that collapsed and terrified Midtown residents and visitors as it dangled over the road during Superstorm Sandy has been rebuilt by an area hotel in gingerbread form, according to a published report.

DNAInfo reported late last week that Le Parker Meridien Hotel, 119 W. 56th St., constructed a five-foot gingerbread model of the crane at the One57 luxury condo tower, which is under construction next door.

The crane collapsed around 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29, just as Superstorm Sandy was poised to strike the Tri-State area. The top of the crane, about 75 stories up, could be seen dangling precariously down from next to the luxury building.

The Le Parker Meridien Hotel was among the many nearby buildings evacuated, and decided to commemorate the incident in a more frivolous fashion by making the crane part of its "Landmarks around the World" gingerbread model show, DNAInfo reported.

The gingerbread sculpture, called Candycrane, is constructed of Rice Krisipie treat squares with gingerbread bricks around them, according to DNAInfo. The dangling crane is surrounded by gingerbread police officers, firefighters and passersby, along with NYPD barriers, street signs, and TV news vans, the publication reported.

The sculpture required five people to construct over two weeks, and hotel executive chef Emile Castillo said it was the biggest piece of gingerbread architecture he had ever built, DNAInfo reported.

The real crane dangled over 57th Street through the storm and for days afterward. The city could not send up any engineers or fire inspectors until winds died down, but inspectors did get to go up and secure the crane four days after the storm.

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