Two window washers were dramatically rescued on Tuesday as they dangled from the 46th floor of a Manhattan skyscraper after their scaffolding collapsed.
The workers were trapped 500 feet in the air for more than an hour as police and fire crews worked to rescue them. after their scaffolding appeared to have practically bent in half.
A New York Police Department spokesman said police had worked to cut open a window on the 44th floor of the Hearst Tower to pull the men to safety.
Roads were closed around 57th Street and Eighth Avenue was shut down for traffic as hoards gathered to watch the daring rescue.
The two workers identified by NBC New York sources as Victor Carabello, 26, of the Bronx, and Stephen Schmidt, 49, of Brooklyn were "fine and in good spirits," according to Moses Nelson, a New York paramedic.