Broome Street: Smelliest Block in New York Cleaned Up?

Posted May 31, 2012 at 6:46 am

The smelliest block in the whole city might soon be a footnote in the history books.

Early Edition: February 28

Last modified June 27, 2012 at 1:02 am

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Transformer Explosion on East Broadway

Last modified January 12, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Shortly after 5 pm, a pair manhole covers exploded on East Broadway near the Emigrant Savings Bank.  Several loud explosions were heard, and many residents from the perimeter buildings flooded the streets to see what was happening. Firefighters on scene informed us that corrosion from the street salting likely caused an underground transformer to explode. […]

Smoking Manhole on the Bowery [Video]

Posted January 11, 2011 at 6:28 am

At first, it appeared to be exhaust from idling vehicles curbside. Turns out it was something scarier.

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Busted Sewer Main Below Orchard Street

Posted October 1, 2010 at 6:26 am

Blame the busted sewer main beneath the intersection of Orchard and Rivington.  That’s why you weren’t able to sleep last night, and currently nursing your third Five Hour Energy.  Noise abounded as the ear-splitting jackhammers, chainsaws, street saws, backhoes, and dump trucks were all on scene in full force to repair the subterranean infrastructure.

Stanton Street Steam

Posted February 23, 2010 at 6:17 am

This manhole in the Allen Street Mall at Stanton Street seems like it will blow.  The pressure sounds pretty intense.  And of course, there’s plenty of steam. Looking east on Stanton Street, near the corner of Allen.

Grand Street Steam

Posted December 10, 2009 at 6:11 am

With winter now upon us, it’s time to revive our on-again-off-again street steam series.  On a recent Sunday night, two Con Edison workers were conducting some sewer maintenance outside the stalled construction site at 324-326 Grand Street.  Aside from their bulky equipment, the street was rather empty; not many people were on the sidewalks.  The […]

Bowery Sewer Scoop

Posted October 7, 2009 at 6:29 am

Back in June, we touched upon the severe drainage problem at Spring and Bowery.  Specifically that the sewer grate at the northwest corner was clogged beyond comprehension.  Rather than pouring umpteen gallons of Draino, an industrial-sized sewage scooper from the DEP was brought in late last week to alleviate the issue.  It’ll be tested in […]

Sewer OK?

Posted February 27, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Along West Houston, numerous sewer grates are tagged with an ambiguous “OK.” Is it street-top graffiti or a workman’s seal of approval? My money is on the latter, even though it’s troubling to wonder why so many covers don’t have the marking. I pray the infrastructure below the street is indeed okay. Fingers crossed.

Saturday Night Steam

Last modified December 6, 2010 at 12:28 am

A continuation of my street steam series, in which a couple braves the cold on Irving Place. Related Reading:Street Steam Series [BoweryBoogie]