According to a tweet from @NYCityAlerts, a massive sinkhole opened up in lower Manhattan yesterday morning. The collapse was preceded by a water main break around 11am, flooding several restaurants including the famed Katz's Deli.
Manhattan: East Houston St btw Allen St & Essex St is closed due to a large sinkhole caused by major water main break pic.twitter.com/FTqRPNccq3
— New York City Alerts (@NYCityAlerts) May 22, 2014
We went down to check out the scene for ourselves and were told that it will be about a day or more before everything's cleaned up. There is good news, though. The health department has already done an inspection and the leaking water is not a health risk, and while gas lines have temporarily been shut off electric service seems to be unaffected. But perhaps most incredibly, there is purportedly "no effect on the train underneath."