Friday, May 23, 2014

The Katz's Deli Sinkhole

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Recently I wrote about the famous Winnipeg sinkhole with its own Twitter account.  Today, I found out that another major urban sinkhole opened up in my neck of the woods in lower Manhattan outside of the famed Katz's Deli on Houston Street.
This sinkhole is yet another urban sinkhole that formed as a result of a broken water pipe.  The break flooded some buildings in the area and caused the collapse in front of the deli.  This was not a natural sinkhole that formed from the collapse of rock after natural solution of soluble limestone.

The Winnipeg and Katz's Deli sinkhole do demonstrate that our modern urban infrastructure is aging and vulnerable to underground pipe failures.  I expect we will hear about more of these collapses in the future in cities all over the world.

For more on the Katz's Deli sinkhole, click here or here.

According to all reports, the Pastrami is fine.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the photo credit! --Jason