Anyway, I had the following conversation with a teammate last Saturday re: the crane that collapsed. We had been discussing the fast construction in NYC.
Me: Yeah, that crane on 1st avenue scares me. I don't feel safe around it and something doesn't seem right. I make sure to avoid it.
Teammate: I dunno, I just don't notice anything different.
Me: I'm on construction sites all the time and if it were me, I wouldn't go near that one.
How did I find out? I walked into work and the first thing my boss says is "I'M GLAD YOU'RE OK!" I was very confused because it happened probably about 10 mins after I had left for work.
Finally, I wanted to state the following for those that may want to be quick to blame Bloomberg, etc. Bloomberg actually has done a lot to firm up construction standards in NYC. NYC is switching to the International Building Code which is much stricter on standards. We'll see what happens.
I'm going to try and find a photo of the crane before the collapse because it just looked UNSAFE. In the meantime, this was the scene.