Thar she blows! Luxury development build site springs leak

It’s a gusher: A backhoe does what it can to stanch the water pouring from a busted water main at the future site of a fancy residential building on Baltic Street in Gowanus.
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Old Faithful reared her head in Gowanus!

A broken water main on Baltic Street sent a geyser shooting sky high on Thursday, flooding gutters and requiring a crew to cut off water to the property, according to a Department of Environmental Protection spokesman.

The Fire Department responded to a call at 3:37 pm on Thursday reporting water spewing from the ground at a construction site between Third and Fourth Avenues, a department official said. An environmental department spokesman did not respond to questions about whether the demolition work at the site caused the leak.

The property at 583 Baltic St. sold last year and a glassy, nine-story residential building is slated to rise there, renderings and property records show.

The lot’s water will remain off until its plumbing gets fixed, the spokesman said.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
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SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
Thanks for the gentrification hipsters!!! That is a swell looking.........err.....ahhhhh...building...yes!!! Swell looking building. Thank you for bringing this beauty into my life!
Aug. 17, 2014, 4:20 pm
Me from Bay Ridge says:
Better than a chrome-enhanced, multi-mailboxed, generously-metered, cornice-stripped, floors added, Chinese shoebox, formerly a normal brownstone, townhouse or tenement. At least they use architects of some type in "Brownstone Brooklyn." Come to Sunset Park and environs and take a gander. You won't complain about these new buildings.
Aug. 19, 2014, 12:12 pm

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