Water Main Break Leaves Some Buildings Dry, But Water Cafe Okay [Updated]

photo(84)Daniel Maurer The water is still flowing in our offices. Now will
someone please clean their dishes?

East Villagers are complaining of lack of water after a water main burst in the Flatiron this morning.

The pipe broke at 10:45 a.m. at West 23rd Street and Broadway, and caused flooding that resulted in the suspension of N, Q and R trains between Whitehall station and West 57th Street, The Post reported.

On Twitter, East Villagers have been complaining. “Water out in my building in the East Village, assuming it has something to do with the burst water main on 23rd St,” tweeted David Gillespie.

Alison Leary, N.Y.U.’s Executive Vice President for Operations, said in an-email that the disruption to the water supply was “having an impact on many N.Y.U. facilities.” Washington Square News confirmed that the Third Avenue North and Broome Street residences were “suffering water loss.”

Jonathan Krohn, a contributor to The Local and a resident of Third North, said that water went out there about an hour ago. Asked if students were freaking he said, “No one is freaking.”

Meanwhile, other buildings are doing just fine: H2O is still flowing here at 20 Cooper Square, and an employee at The Molecule Project said he hasn’t noticed any disruption in service. The “water cafe” sells filtered city water.

“I didn’t even know there was a water break,” said Jack Llewellyn.

Shortly after our call, the store tweeted, “To everyone that has lost water in the East Village due to the broken water-main, come in store and get your bottles filled up. $1 for 50oz.”

Have you lost water in your building? Let us know.

Update | 2:35 p.m. Allison Leary has sent out an e-mail indicating that “all NYU dining locations will close today at 3:00 pm to allow Dining Services to reallocate resources to operate under the current conditions.” (Third North dining hall, University Hall Burger studio, Rubin Dining Hall, Weinstein Dining Hall’s downstairs, and Shabbatt will remain open.) The school anticipates that “as water in roof-top tanks is used up, issues of hygiene will emerge,” and has given managers and faculty the discretion to cancel classes accordingly.

NYU Local and Washington Square News have more about impacted facilities: the school’s Kimmel Center as well as Tisch buildings at 715, 719, 721, 725 and 726 Broadway have been affected.

The MTA released a video of water pouring into the 23rd Street station, and said it was currently being pumped out.