EXPLOSION, FLOODING DISRUPT A PEACEFUL UPPER WEST SIDE WEEKEND

The Upper West Side has had its taste of mayhem this weekend.

On Friday night, a manhole exploded on West 76th Street between Riverside Drive and West End Avenue around 9:20 p.m., a local resident told blog My Upper West. The air was “thick with the smell of burning rubber and smoke,” the resident said. I checked in with the FDNY, but the spokesman said he didn’t have a report on the incident, and said that meant that most likely no one had been harmed.

Then, this morning at around 9:15 a.m, a water pipe at 32 West 82nd Street broke, and water began pumping out of a 3-foot hole in the street. The city shut off five water mains to stop the flood, leaving hundreds of people from 82nd to 86th Streets without water throughout the day. The water was turned back on around 6 p.m., the New York Post reported.

Thanks to Upper West Sider @KateHinds for the above photo of workers repairing the water main break.

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