Why a Water Main Break Flooded the Subway

There's a chronic problem lurking below New York City's streets: a labyrinth of aging infrastructure.

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  1. Without wanting to read anything into the recent list of most checked-out books (oops! pun), it certainly is telling that "1984", "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Fahrenheit 451" are popular these days...

  2. @N. Smith These are the most checked-out NYPL books of all time.

  3. @N. Smith - I think many of my age range saw the "The Tequila Mockingbird" episode from "Get Smart" before reading the real book. (There was no real connection but the pun title.) But I really like your "most checked-out books" pun. Tune of “Mockingbird” (Carly Simon/James Taylor version) Keats? (Yeah!) Seuss? (Yeah!) Orwell? (Yeah!) Sendak? (Yeah!) Mockingbird - Yeah. Everybody yes indeed! Let’s all first look at your top five books to read. And after you check those out again. Then keep going and re-read six to ten. And once you re-read the whole Ten twice. Well, “Goodnight Moon” is nice, so take our advice. Grab your Keats Metrocard And come on down and check ‘em out! (repeat)

  4. @Freddie Sorry I missed the "Get Smart" episode (and the series), but your song was great -- Sign me up for a Keats Metrocard!

  5. "....the labyrinth of water mains — some of which are more than a century old and prone to leaks and cracks — train tunnels and other old equipment that make up one of the world’s largest networks of subterranean infrastructure. So multi million dollar condos rise on a foundation that's falling apart.

  6. So even if you have the money, certain restaurants will Google you to determine if you deserve a seat, while private dining spaces won't let you in at all? Soak the Rich.

  7. And despite an already overloaded infrastructure - transportation, garbage, street space, traffic etc - overdevelopment continues in NYC, particularly the Lincoln Center area. There is a new luxury high rise on Broadway and 61st (with a Target retail); luxury high rises under construction on 66th Street (impacting the crosstown bus) and Amsterdam and 69th Street; and a planned teardown/new luxury construction planned at Broadway and 60th Street.

  8. Though not reported here, there was a big fire in a high-rise (41 stories) luxury building on the East Side - 515 East 72nd Street. There were injuries.

  9. "But lasting damage did occur in basements of numerous high-rise buildings like this one, and particularly in underground parking garages where New Yorkers keep their snazzy weekend rides. "Holding Emma, his bichon frisé, Mr. Groll stepped carefully between a white Mercedes sedan and a dark BMW coupe. Both — like the other cars drip-drying here on Monday night — bore a muddy filigree from the recently receded floodwaters, caked onto their formerly shiny bodies like rings in a bathtub." The tone of The New York Times has become increasingly snarky. In my neighborhood, in which the upper-middle class (those who own the larger homes) and the rest of us mix, I see lots of no doubt middle (or lower-middle) class Blacks and Pakistanis who live in various apartment buildings getting in and out of big SUVs, Mercedes, and shiny BMWs. The two drug dealers who were shot, some years ago, in two separate incidents a few months apart were sitting in BMWs. Whereas many years ago when my aging in-laws and I went to the opera, I parked my little Corolla stick-shift, with its 150,000 miles, in the Lincoln Center parking lot. That muddy mess yesterday could have been my inexpensive wheels. I also see my neighbors walking, among other sweet dogs, bishon frises. Writers for theTimes pull in pretty salaries and should be careful where they cast their stones.

  10. @B - just regarding "The tone of The New York Times has become increasingly snarky" Seriously, did you ever read Walter Kerr in the 1960s and 1970s when he didn't have a good time at the theater? No way this snark jumps that snark! :) People claim today's critics get snarky at times, but they're nothing compared to Walter Kerr - and Walter Kerr has a Broadway theater named after him!

  11. Freddie, one expects theater critics to be snarky. After all, look at Addison DeWitt in "All About Eve." He didn't come out of nowhere. But a news article about a flood at Lincoln Center should show some restraint. Lots of people have pricy cars including various neighbors of mine, whose savings are probably nil. No one wants their cars damaged. A movie theater has been flooded and badly damaged too. Maybe tomorrow the Times will write that the elites won't get to see French films for a couple of months.

  12. @B - that's a distinction that I didn't think of when I write that comment. Thanks. And thanks for prodding me go back to look at the scenes with George Sanders and Marilyn Monroe. I'm betting his calling her "a graduate of the Copacabana School of Dramatic Arts" would get boos theses days - yikes! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKhyLCjIpvw And after she gets the producer so delighted to be able to fetch her a drink, "Well done. I can see your career rising in the East like the sun." What a song cue!!! Disney's animated "All About Eve" could clean up. (Strangely, Addison wasn't worked into the Lauren Bacall musical. I wonder how the New York critics in 1970 would've reacted to a critic as a bad guy.)