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Workers replace boom of NYC crane that dangled over Manhattan during Superstorm Sandy

Workers in New York City have carefully replaced the boom of a massive crane that dangled dangerously over Manhattan after it was twisted and warped by Superstorm Sandy.

Construction crews began lifting the boom to its lofty position above 57th Street early Saturday morning. The crane's top is about 1,000 feet up.

Residents of two nearby apartment buildings were ordered out Friday as a precaution. They were all expected to be back home by Saturday evening.

Displaced residents got $1,500 checks from the development company because of their troubles.

Sandy's high winds nearly snapped the huge boom from its cab. If it had fallen from that height, it could have crushed buildings or killed people in the street.