By Carol Tannenhauser
It wasn’t just the kids who took to the hydrants on Sunday afternoon during Columbus Avenue Open Streets.
But the kids loved it, too!
Is it legal? “The practice, commonly known as ‘uncapping,’ has long served as a way for city residents to cool off,” 6sqft explained. “Although it is not entirely legal, it is generally tolerated, especially when temperatures climb above 90…”
Editor’s Note: Of course the Columbus Avenue BID’s sprinklers were sanctioned! “We actually got permission from the local firehouse and they were the ones to come and open the hydrant and add the spray cap and then they came back to close it!” wrote Nicole Paytner, executive director of the BID. The official info on how to do that is here: https://portal.311.nyc.gov/article/?kanumber=KA-01035