Crews Investigate Sinkhole On Upper West Side

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — People are stopping, staring and taking pictures of a massive sinkhole that opened in the middle of 82nd Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West, but frustrated residents are asking what city officials intend to do to prevent future collapses.

“It’s a recurring thing that happens every year,” resident Kirk Williamson told CBS 2’s Elise Finch.

Williamson’s window faces the hole that he says he first noticed on Friday. Since then, it has extended to 10 feet in circumference and 20 feet deep.

Just a few yards away is what’s left of smaller sinkhole that formed last year and the hole left from a water main break just two weeks ago.

“There’s a lot of work going on in here and it’s taxpayer-paid for. If they don’t really find a solution it will keep happening,” Williamson said.

“There’s been no one here investigating it. So that’s a little bit troubling. This is a very family-oriented block,” said resident Rochelle Hestnas.

Ed Coleman, with the City’s Department of Environmental Protection, said his office was just recently notified of the latest sinkhole but an investigation is underway. Crews are using ultrasound scanners and underground cameras, among other tools, to get to the bottom of the problem.

“So far we have not found any leaks on the water mains. Additionally we inspect the sewers, so we open all the sewer manhole covers, look down to see if they’re functioning properly and they were. Any other problems I’m sure we’ll detect them now and correct them,” he said.

An independent contractor has also been called in to do another investigation. Once the problem is finally identified, crews will remove the broken concrete and asphalt from the sinkhole and fill it in.

Both investigations into what caused the sinkhole could be wrapped up as early as Thursday.

What do you think caused the sinkhole? Sound off in our comments section below…

  • Upper west Side New York City Extended Stay Hotel

    Hey It’s dangerous for car and other vehicles….

  • Francie Williamson

    “massive” is relative. Because of this our block has been closed to traffic since Saturday early am, making picking up and dropping off very difficult if not impossible; also work crews for various buildings cannot get in and the garbage trucks can’t get in either. Hope this doesn’t happen to any of you! The police and 311 were notified a gazillion times and nothing was done until my courageous husband called CBS news last night. Thank you CBS! Because of you the city is paying attention to this alarming and potentially dangerous problem.



  • Ted

    We need Chuck Schumer to launch a special investigation! Go Chuckie, get out the press maching and keep your blow hard face in the media.

  • marc passantino

    im sorry spelled would wrong

  • marc passantino

    thats not massive for nyc if it was half the street then we wold have some news

  • kendra

    uno that could be a very dangerous thing to people and they need to stay on top of that like asap uno what i am saying/

  • Frank Burns

    That’s a *massive* sinkhole? People in California, Texas and a lot of other places would beg to differ.

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