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Report: Con Edison Sues Extell for Nearly Causing a ‘Steam Explosion’ at One Manhattan Square

Posted April 5, 2017 at 5:05 am

Con Edison recently filed a lawsuit against Extell Development Corp. for nearly causing a “massive steam explosion” on the Lower East Side waterfront. The utilities behemoth charges that construction on the 850-foot tower – dubbed One Manhattan Square – damaged its subterranean infrastructure, and that the firm must pay up. The complaint notes that “Extell […]

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Nighttime with the Smoking Manholes of Ludlow Street

Posted March 22, 2017 at 5:18 am

The following guest post was penned by Vicki Rovere, proprietor of the Ludlow Street Free Store the last decade. Walking home from the subway about midnight last Sunday night, as I turned onto my block I smelled smoke. Smoke seemed to be curling up from a little curbside street grate outside Libation. Was it steam […]

Con Edison Roped off this Lower East Side Block for Stray Voltage

Posted March 17, 2017 at 5:18 am

Nearly the entire block of Suffolk Street, between Broome and Grand, is currently roped off due to potential stray voltage. Con Edison placed neon cones, and unspooled yards of caution tape beside the perimeter fence of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol. Apparently, there is a huge concern of shock in the wake of this week’s over-hyped snowstorm. The […]

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Post-Storm Stray Voltage Found on Orchard Street

Posted January 11, 2017 at 5:18 am

Stray voltage remains one of Con Edison’s biggest problems, yet it’s not often discussed in the public forum. Only when tragedy strikes. (The placement of the skull Halloween jug is apropos.) The last time the hot-button issue came up was in February 2014 when a dog was electrocuted to death on Clinton Street. Objects on […]

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Manhole Fire Erupts on Canal Street, Engulfing Pickup Truck

Last modified September 27, 2016 at 10:33 pm

Fire Department first responders and Emergency vehicles from Con Edison have been on Canal Street the last 45 minutes dealing with an electrical situation below the street. It’s pretty bad, apparently. A pickup truck parked outside Dimes Deli caught fire after a blaze erupted in a manhole beneath. Firefighters quickly extinguished. This is likely related […]

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Three Months Later, the Lucky Bee is Finally Getting its Gas Turned on

Posted April 18, 2016 at 5:00 am

​The Lucky Bee opened eight weeks ago at 252 Broome Street, formerly occupied by Jin Sushi. Since then, the restaurant has been operating in force without the benefit of cooking gas, the hookup for which mustn’t be taken for granted in the wake of the Second Avenue Explosion. That might change this week, though. As […]

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Fire-Felled Black Crescent Held Hostage by DOB and Con Edison

Posted August 26, 2015 at 5:10 am

If you still miss Black Crescent on Clinton Street, blame the alphabet soup of city agencies. The seafood restaurant is itching to get back in the game seven months after a basement fire sidelined the business. Yet, it’s held hostage by the Department of Buildings and Con Edison for the sign-off on gas. In an update, […]

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Cafe El Portal Closed Due to Alleged ‘Gas Leak’ at 174 Elizabeth Street

Posted April 29, 2015 at 5:18 am

Cafe El Portal on Elizabeth Street is closed for the duration. A hodgepodge of notices, both city-issued and handwritten, are pasted to the downstairs entrance to explain the closure. It’s complicated. Of note is the sign blaming a “gas leak” for the mandatory closure. With all the paranoia in the air from the Second Avenue […]

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Samy Mahfar Slapped with Stop-Work Order for Illegal Gas System at 22 Spring Street

Last modified April 3, 2015 at 9:46 am

It would appear that the Department of Buildings is on a defensive, yet proactive footing in the wake of the deadly explosion on Second Avenue last week. Allegedly tampering with gas lines at 22 Spring Street is proving problematic for SMA Equities (aka Samy Mahfar), yet potentially dangerous for tenants. In a swift follow-up to […]

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Faulty Boiler in 106 Rivington Cellar Has Neighbors Worried

Last modified March 27, 2015 at 10:20 pm

The controversial commercial unit at 106 Rivington Street – an address that lives in infamy – is again in the news. And this time for something way more serious than a liquor license. Especially given the tragic gas-related explosion up on Second Avenue yesterday afternoon. We are told that emergency personnel responded to 106 Rivington […]

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