NEW YORK—Brace for delays if you’re using public transport in the Flatiron District.
A water main break began spewing water around Madison Square Park near the juncture of 23rd Street, Fifth Avenue, and Broadway Friday morning, causing the shutdown of several portions of the subway system. The R, N, and Q trains were most affected.
As of Friday at 8 p.m. the service is as follows:
B -- Normal service; some trains via southbound local, (Prospect Park-Brighton Beach)
D -- Normal service
N -- Express in Manhattan and via the Montague Street Tunnel to/from Brooklyn
Q -- Normal service
R -- Both directions via the F between 36th Street (Qns) and 47th-50th Street/Rockefeller Center then run on the D line in both directions between and 47th-50th Street/Rockefeller Center and DeKalb Avenue.
As of 12:30 p.m. most of the water had been vacuumed up above ground, but to get to the water main workers from the Department of Environmental Protection had to break through concrete, leaving a large hole in the concrete.
“It’s crazy,” said Juan Vasquez, with FedEx. He stopped to take a picture, recalling another water main break last year in the Bronx and wondering how old the broken pipe was.
The pipe that broke is cast iron, circa 1915, according to Department of Environmental Protection spokesperson Mercedes Badilla. The agency is still investigating the break. Badilla said area residents may experience low water pressure.
Dozens of city employees, including NYPD officers and firemen, were on the scene, with some of the street around the hole cordoned off.
The MTA is pumping water out of the 23rd Street station. A MTA employee said the water has flooded the 23rd Street tracks, stretching for 350 feet both north and south of the tracks. After draining the tracks, “We have to find out the damage,” the employee said. He was unsure of where exactly the pipe was in relation to the tracks or how much damage there is.
Additional reporting by Ivan Pentchoukov