During the late morning hours of May 22, a lower Manhattan pipeline burst, turning the busy Houston Street into a river. Pedestrians wandering around near the site made sure to memorialize the rush-hour headache on social media.
— Amanda Sawyer (@NkdRealEstate) May 22, 2014
Video via eddiemitsou/Instagram
NYC drivers may want to avoid the lower East Side today. Water main break and sinkhole on Houston. Save the pastrami! http://t.co/7rwcbcO7La
— Frank Coleman (@fbc21ca) May 22, 2014
The water flooded the basements of numerous properties, including that of the world-famous Katz’s Delicatessen. Fortunately for the deli’s die-hard clientele, the episode was a mere hiccup in the business day. Only a few deliveries had to be canceled; otherwise, the deli was open for business.
Katz’s is still open, despite the water main break. Just don’t try to drive on Houston for a while… pic.twitter.com/BNc6c8TtfZ
— Katz’s Delicatessen (@KatzsDeli) May 22, 2014
Water crews shut off the flow shortly before noon. The resulting sinkhole closed Houston Street through at least the remainder of the day. Officials have yet to estimate when the street will reopen, but it will certainly cause a headache as New Yorkers make their way out of town tomorrow for the Memorial Day holiday.