Okay. This is the last straw.
After getting the latest on Bay Ridge’s rather stinky sinkhole situation from Home Reporter’s Denise Romano and Helen Klein yesterday, there was one small detail I happened to notice toward the end of the article. Something you could say touched a nerve.
After recounting how the 79th Street sinkhole had been repaired, followed by the usual quotes from concerned residents and elected officials, as well as the assurances by the DEP that everything is copacetic, there was one item that rather upset yours truly.
From Home Reporter:
In the meantime, those closest to the problem locations feel the impact. Skinflint’s Restaurant, located on Fifth Avenue at 79th Street, was forced to close on Sunday, August 5, because its water was shut off while repairs were made, though owners say business was not affected.
Yeah, I know it was only for one day and [thank God] Skinflints – which sits around the corner from the latest infrastructural nook and cranny – didn’t sustain any damage. But still, closing Skinflints [7902 5th Ave] on a Sunday???
And speaking of nooks and crannies, what if someone wanted a delicious burger on an English muffin?
The same article also reassuringly tells us that there are currently 28 reported potholes or depressions in Bay Ridge. Left alone under the right conditions, any one of these problem spots could potentially become another sink hole.
Always the optimist, DEP again tells us not to worry, because Manhattan’s underground infrastructure is much older and bad stuff hardly ever happens there. Well, at least most of the time.