A Giant Sinkhole Just Opened Up in the Middle of Manhattan

According to a tweet from @NYCityAlerts, a massive sinkhole has just opened up in lower Manhattan. The collapse was preceded by a water main break around 11am, flooding several restaurants including the famed Katz's Deli (don't worry, the pastrami is safe).

A Giant Sinkhole Just Opened Up in the Middle of Manhattan

A Giant Sinkhole Just Opened Up in the Middle of Manhattan

We went down to check out the scene for ourselves and were told that it will be about a day or more before everything's cleaned up. There is good news, though. The health department has already done an inspection and the leaking water is not a health risk, and while gas lines have temporarily been shut off electric service seems to be unaffected. But perhaps most incredibly, there is purportedly "no effect on the train underneath."

A Giant Sinkhole Just Opened Up in the Middle of Manhattan

A Giant Sinkhole Just Opened Up in the Middle of Manhattan

A Giant Sinkhole Just Opened Up in the Middle of Manhattan

If you have any more information or see something we've missed, feel free to drop it down below.

[ via @jasonschreier]

Images via Michael Hession