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Orchard Hell Building Construction Busts Open Sewer Grate on Orchard Street

Last modified November 8, 2013 at 8:01 am

Lost in the ongoing coverage of the swiftly rising Orchard Hell Building is the dangerous foot trap at the northwest corner of Orchard and Stanton. Thanks to the never-ending ebb and flow of construction vehicles on the block, the sewer grate outside Rosario’s Pizza has been compromised. Neighbors, including activist-photographer Clayton Patterson, maintain that trucks […]

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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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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 […]