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Water main break shows limits of NYC's aged infrastructure

Crews work on a broken water main on

(Credit: Charles Eckert)

The broken water main in Greenwich Village that caused headaches for commuters, businesses and residents on Wednesday showed the risk posed by the city's aging infrastructure.

The 36-inch cast-iron water main that broke shortly after midnight Wednesday on 13th Street and Fifth Avenue was originally installed in 1897. The pipe's age and recent swings in temperature contributed to the main breaking,...

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Broken Greenwich Village water main causes commuting headache

Crews work on a broken water main on

(Credit: Charles Eckert)

A broken water main in Greenwich Village snarled Wednesday's rush hour commute on a host of subway lines.

The 36-inch cast-iron pipe originally installed in 1877 broke shortly before 12:15 a.m. at 13th Street and Fifth Avenue, with water gushing down to the West 4th Street station causing service disruptions and changes on the B, D, F, M, A, C, E, Q and J lines. Manhattan buses in the area...

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