Broken Water Main Floods Lincoln Center and New York’s Upper West Side, Shuts Down Subway Lines

By Anna Breuer on 13 January 2020
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Lincoln Center in New York City

Portions of New York City’s Upper West Side including Lincoln Center were flooded after a water main broke in the early morning hours on Monday.

The break happened at 5 a.m. local time and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the city’s subways, was forced to suspend subway service along the 1, 2, and 3 lines between Upper West Side stations, and later briefly suspended service on those lines in all of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

The flooding resulted in the closing of the David Rubenstein Atrium, the TKTS theater ticket booth, and the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center due to their proximity to the water main. A number of businesses in the area were forced to remain shuttered as well.

Water streamed up Broadway and Columbus Avenue from West 62nd Street towards West 65th Street and authorities closed streets to traffic as water levels rose.

Water even rushed up the steps at Lincoln Center’s Josie Robertson Plaza, home of the Revson Fountain.

The force of the water main break severely damaged parts of several streets and sidewalks in the area.

At a news conference Monday morning, officials said that some streets including the southbound side of Broadway could remain closed for several days while repairs are made to the water main and damaged sections of street and sidewalk.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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