Crane Collapses into Midwood Synagogue Construction Site

A crane involved in building a massive synagogue in Midwood Brooklyn, overturned this morning on Avenue U and Ocean Parkway. Todd Maisel/Bklyner

MIDWOOD – A crane-truck collapsed into a massive construction site on Avenue U and Ocean Parkway shortly before noon this morning.

The crane was apparently lifting large pallets of plywood when it lost balance at about 11:40 a.m., causing the crane operator to jump from the quickly tilting machine to the ground. Luckily noone was hurt in the crash. The crane immediately dropped its load into the site and the boom struck the first-floor level of the building, causing severe damage.

The crane operator jumped off the platform just before the collapse and it narrowly missed workers in the construction site. They await heavy duty tow. Todd Maisel/Bklyner

The truck itself was left leaning on its side, bringing in firefighters and police to make sure the crane would not endanger the public.

Officials were requesting heavy-duty tow to right the vehicle and Avenue U between East 9th Street and Ocean Parkway was closed to traffic.

This is expected to be one of the largest synagogues in the community when complete and will be called the Edmund J Safra Synagogue. Todd Maisel/Bklyner

The synagogue is slated to be the Edmund J Safra Synagogue, under construction by Townhouse Builders doing business as Promont. The synagogue is expected to be one of the largest in the community when completed in the Spring of 2020.

Todd Maisel/Bklyner

Buildings Department officials were on the scene making sure the site would be safe and no summonses have been issued at this time.


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Todd Maisel

Todd Maisel

Todd Maisel is an award-winning photographer with more than 35-years, specializing in breaking news. He currently serves as vice president of the New York Press Photographers. He was honored by the National Press Photographers Association and the Uniform Firefighters Association for saving the life of a firefighter he found in debris after the collapse of the World Trade Center, assisting in the rescue of an injured photographer, and for extensive coverage of the attack. Maisel is a graduate of NYU School of Journalism.


  1. Stop building synagogues how many do you need in a 6 block radius it’s getting a bit ridiculous tax breaks much ?

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