"Initial reports say two people were killed in the accident, and the crane operator was injured."
"On May 20, a 311 caller reported unsafe conditions at the crane. A DOB inspector was dispatched, and the report states "NO ACTION NECESSARY NO UNSAFE CONDITIONS." According to news reports, an inspector was last at the site on Wednesday."
"The building that took the brunt of the damage appears to be 1749 First Avenue, with numerous damaged terraces (Andrew Fine says 10 or so) and what looks like, yikes, a partially crushed penthouse."Via City Room (9:44 a.m.):
"A law enforcement official confirmed that at least one person, the cab operator, was killed in the collapse. “The crane operator is the only confirmed dead at this time,” the official said. “He was still in the cab of the crane” when it came down, the official added."