Seeing one of the Tower Cranes in Action


My cell phone rang while I was in Tarrytown on assignment. I fumbled with the zipper of my jacket pocket and answered. “Check out the Tower Crane Challenge at the Outreach Center,” the voice told me.

I love a mystery — think of Secret Agent Maxwell Smart answering his shoe — and had been reading the project’s tweets. Intrigued, I went later that day; here’s what happened next.


While I was pointing and clicking yesterday one of the project officials said turn around: a tower crane was lowering part of a blue jump form that had been removed from one of the chamfered tops.


So transfixed was I on the views that I hadn’t noticed one of the cranes was readying to remove it. Yesterday I thought of that game and the coordination and skill involved with lowering the figure onto a specific area below.


Here, a close-up of the crane’s cab. Notice the safety catwalk between the towers, connecting them for easy access.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

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