Even long after the crane appeared to be secured, Mr. Wilson said he would be staying at the bar for a while.

“I’m not going home right now,” he said. “I’m not stupid.”

The new 82-story building on West 57th Street, with a tapered body reminiscent of a clothespin, encompasses the listed pre-war building that housed Steinway Hall for 90 years. A triplex at the top of the building recently went on sale for $ 66 million.

The July episode at Ms. Lois Restaurant, Loi Estiatorio resulted in JDS Construction imposing a Class 1 violation, the most serious, and being fined $ 25,000.

The violation has been fixed, records show, but the fine could still be levied depending on the outcome of a hearing scheduled for November, Rudansky said.

Thursday’s incident actually marked the third time something fell out of the building in a manner that threatened public safety, records show.

Last December, inspectors gave JDS Construction a Class 1 violation for failing to take proper safety precautions after ice formed on an elevator fell to the ground and damaged “property and cars,” according to records occupy.

The company immediately fixed the problem but never submitted the required documents, Rudansky said. As a result, the contractor faces another potential fine of $ 25,000, he said. A hearing is scheduled for January.

Alex Traub contributed to the coverage.