|The sinkhole, about an hour after it happened on Wednesday|
My neighborhood, Bay Ridge, is sinking.
It's pretty much a fact, and it was corroborated on my walk home from the subway last Wednesday evening.
About a block and a half from our apartment, I saw a large crowd gathered. There were no flashing lights indicating a fire or massive police presence, and everyone was keeping a respectful distance. I was curious, so I went over to the crowd.
What was everyone staring at? A giant, car-sized sinkhole in the middle of the street.
The sinkhole is the second the neighborhood has seen this summer. The first, according to a New York Times article, came at the end of June and was about 60-feet deep. This one was merely 30-feet wide and 10-feet deep.
|Workers in the sinkhole Thursday morning|
The cause, according to the Times, was a burst century-old sewer pipe. No one was hurt, but workers did spend two hours getting a car out from the edge of the hole.
Construction workers had been expected to fully repair the hole by the end of the weekend; I'm not sure if that happened, but they were still hard at work when I walked by on Friday.