A hole at least 20 feet wide opened up in the middle of 82nd Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West on Monday morning, forcing the city to close down the block.
Update, 12:45 p.m.: The city says it was caused by a defect in a private water pipe at 56 West 82nd Street. Customers have all had their water restored.
Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Ted Timbers said crews are checking the underground infrastructure.
“It’s very preliminary right now. The DEP was notified of a roadway collapse this morning. Crews responded. They’re excavating now to check on the water and sewer infrastructure to see if there’s any damage. What caused it is what’s being determined now. We don’t know yet. They’ll finish excavating very shortly and we’ll have a better sense of any damage, what repairs are necessary. That will take place in the next few hours.”