Extell and Con Ed Blame Each Other for Cherry Street Water Main Break [VIDEO]

Posted on: September 25th, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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Cherry Street on the waterfront can’t catch a break. First, the 72-story Extell market-rate tower allegedly causes the roadbed to sink some two to three inches. Then yesterday, a water main burst at the corner of Rutgers Slip, resulting in a torrent gushing down the street. What a mess.

The breakage happened in the late afternoon, roughly 4:30pm, and the Department of Environmental Protection responded almost immediately to cut off the 12″ pipe. According to DNAinfo, some of the residential buildings in the immediate vicinity were temporarily evacuated.

Word on the street this morning is that both Extell and Con Edison are pointing fingers at each other over who is to blame for the flood. The latter was reportedly digging in the area as part of its “System Enhancement Work,” while the former is obviously destabilizing the street during construction activities. Either way DEP is still mobilized and excavating the street to get to the water main. An update from the city indicates that “only a Con Edison substation is affected by this water main shutdown.”

We’ll keep you posted of any updates.

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