Hole new problem: Sunset Park’s second massive sinkhole in less than a year

It’s getting depressing: A sinkhole the length of three cars and half as wide as the street opened on 56th Street on March 1, prompting the city to shut down the block. Sunset Parkers now have to contend with two sinkholes just seven blocks away from each other.
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Meet Sunset Park’s other giant sinkhole!

A mass of asphalt three car-lengths long fell into 56th Street near Fifth Avenue on the morning of March 1, forming Sunset Park’s second great sinkhole in the last nine months. Emergency responders reacted quickly closing off the street to traffic, but the city needs to act pro-actively to prevent future cave-ins, a local leader said.

“It keeps happening, I think they’re not taking care of our infrastruc­ture,” said Sunset Park Business Improvement District director Renee Giordano. “It’s frustrating for us and hopefully they work on this a little faster, the sinkhole on 64th street hasn’t been given priority or emergency status.”

The chasm opened sometime before noon, neighbors said.

Workers from gas-provider National Grid, electricity-provider Con Edison, and the city’s Department of Environmental Protection — which presides over both sewers and drinking water supply — descended on the breach and cut the block’s gas supply on Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities have not announced what caused the sinkhole.

One resident who lives in a building directly in front of the chasm told this paper that water began flowing into her basement through an underground electrical conduit to the street two weeks ago, and she and suspects her situation and the gigantic hole in front of her building are related. Water continued to trickle in on Tuesday, and the woman fears the problem will negatively impact her family and kids in her building before it gets any better, she said.

“I hope they fix it as soon as possible, before it gets worse because we don’t know what could happen if that water keeps coming in,” 31-year resident Milly Velez said. “ I just want them to fix it as soon as possible so we have electricity and water for the babies — I worry about them.”

Reach reporter Dennis Lynch at (718) 260–2508 or e-mail him at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

b from gp says:
Do you really worry about the babies? Do you feed them plastic squeezey bags of pesticide ladened, animal abused food? Do you swaddle them in 6,500–10,000 disposable plastic diapers each?

Don't you worry, God will fix everything.
March 2, 2016, 9:28 am
ty from pps says:
there should be no cars there to pound big holes. only bikes, then the street would not collapse like that.
March 2, 2016, 9:39 am
Me from Bay Ridge says:
March 2, 2016, 12:27 pm
TOM from Sunset Park says:
This same street (but closer to 5th Avenue) suffered cracked building facades back in 1980's. A facade on 54th Street to the north was similarly effected and its facade had to be totally replaced. All have since been repaired but tenants had to be relocated for a long period. A forgotten subterranean stream flowing in a northern direction was the underlying cause. This was the reason given in a front-page (below the fold) article in the New York Times at the time.
March 2, 2016, 1:28 pm
Ed from Sunset Park says:
You want to know what causes sinkholes? Look at any of the early Dutch surveyor maps of pre-development Brooklyn and you'll see some funny lines here and there. Those are STREAMS and the occasional RIVER. As the boro developed they would occasionally put in piping, but if the area was going through low rain, sometimes they just buried them. In almost every case the original pipes have not been well maintained so by now they leak like sieves! Running water will always
March 3, 2016, 5:08 pm
Me from Bay Ridge says:
Do you have any links to those maps? Sounds interesting.
March 3, 2016, 6:52 pm
Maria R from Sunset Park says:
Where is Carlos Menchaca when all this is happening. No where to be found as usual. We need to vote this bum out of office next year.
March 5, 2016, 5:05 pm

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