I'm just curious about one thing in The Amazing Spider-Man.

There are construction cranes on the rooftops of a number of buildings in New York, which Spider-Man uses to swing across the city. Why are they there when the buildings seem to be already done.

See this video for an example:

  • Maybe building has been just finished and construction company hasn't moved down their equipment down yet.
    – Vishwa
    Sep 4, 2019 at 5:59
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    More important question - how did the operators get inside in the middle of the night in such a short time?
    – TK-421
    Sep 4, 2019 at 6:01
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    I bet the rule of cool is a big factor. Sep 4, 2019 at 13:05

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At 1:14 mark you can clearly see the building is not finished. There are outside walls missing and the building is still under construction.
Here's a photo of New York building under construction enter image description here In the left the buildings have external elevator and cranes. On the right building, at the top, you can see that the crane is still there after all external wall are put in place. It's there to move heavy machines (like AC) to the top at the end (so when all air ducts are in place, power is moved to the top of the building and so on).

Regarding the comment about worker working in the middle of the night. It's New York, city that never sleeps. They were building this 24/7.

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    Just to confirm, I have worked in a building in New York (Brooklyn) that had night-time construction crews. That was a renovation job, not initial construction, but the concept still holds. Construction crews definitely also worked through the night sometimes on the 2nd Ave subway (which I had the dubious honor of living near during its construction).
    – KRyan
    Sep 4, 2019 at 14:15
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    @KRyan Railway repairs are very often done at night, when there are many fewer trains scheduled (or even none at all). Sep 4, 2019 at 15:57
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    @DavidRicherby Sure, but this was the initial construction of that line; there were no trains scheduled for several years yet while I was living there.
    – KRyan
    Sep 4, 2019 at 16:45
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    It does seem like regardless of the states of the nearby skyscrapers, there are always cranes scattered throughout manhattan. Sep 4, 2019 at 18:39
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    “They were building this 24/7” — Mr Osborn said it had to be finished by the end of the month or all of his plans would be RUINED!!! Not sure what the plans were, he said something about that not being the concern of minions like us. Sep 5, 2019 at 8:36

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