Even Though West 57th Street Has Reopened, One57’s Powerless Neighbors Wait to Move Back


It’s true of communities across the city, so why not West 57th Street? From the Rockaways to Staten Island, people have returned to their homes and businesses but found them without power, and the same seems to be going for the one-block stretch of the city that was shut down after the crane boom of One57 snapped back.

Yesterday, the city secured the crane boom to the side of the building, a day ahead of scheduled, and reopened the street. But that does not mean life is yet back to normal. According to a number of people on the street, they remain without electricity or heat—even though Con Ed claims otherwise. “They said we couldn’t expect anything before noon,” Daniel Van Doren, whose family owns 130 West 57th Street, told The Observer in a phone interview from his MetroNorth train headed to the city.

SEE ALSO: Hilton Acquires Midtown Timeshare Hotel for $136M

“Just like the rest of this debacle, Con Ed is not giving much detail,” Mr. Van Doren added.
Read More