Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Steam pipe explosion in Manhattan, 1 dead, 24(?) injured

I was trying to get to my chiropractor when the subway bypassed Grand Central Station. For lack of an alternative, I got out at 51st Street and Lexington Avenue, and found myself in the midst of chaos.

It turned out that a steam pipe had exploded at 41st Street and Lexington Avenue, one block south of Grand Central Station. Thus far, terrorism has been ruled out. This seems to have been an old-fashioned accident (remember those?).

Here are two videos that I took in the upper 40's on Lexington Avenue.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

New York! What a town!

It happened on the West side of 41st and Lexington Ave. I was like a block away in the office. At first I thought it was thunder, but it just kept going for like over 20 minutes it seemed, and it was very very loud.

Very scary, the NYPD says it was not terrorism. They say it was a steam explosion. Smoke and steam went up over the 45th floor. There was no black smoke like a fire though. Out the window I saw people running around. It was pretty scary, I was positive while in the area that it was terrorism.

There are pictures of a big craterish hole in the middle of the street with a red tow truck sitting in the hole. Terrorists would have had to go under the street to plant some bomb there. That's not the way they would have done it. We all can thing of much more effective and easier ways, and better places.

It happened right around the corner from one of the biggest creators of traffic congestion in NYC.

Will Mayor Bloomberg do anything about Park Ave. being blocked off at 42nd street?

I think Mayor Nanny Bloomie is a very arrogant man. I also highly doubt he rides the subway that much. He's the mayor, I want someone driving him around so he can work and make calls and stuff. New Yorkers shouldn't want him wasting all that time on the subway.

We all have to wonder what Bloomberg is really thinking of with this congestion pricing tax scheme. Maybe he mostly just wants a new tax. Just wrap it up in ‘concern for the environment’, and then people can just demonize those who oppose it.

If he cares so much about traffic jams, congestion and air pollution, why does he let Park Avenue be blocked off? Why doesn’t he do anything about that?

It's true, Pershing Square Restaurant blocks Park Avenue going South at 42nd St. for about 12 hours a day/5 months of the year! This Causes Massive Congestion and Air Pollution!

But apparently it does not bother NYC’s Nanny-in-Chief Mike “Congestion Pricing Tax” Bloomberg?

It certainly supports his claim that the city is hugely congested.

Check out the map! Tell your friends!

Check it out!



Wed Jul 18, 11:47:00 PM 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

very strange to hear your voice...I was expecting more of a Bronx accent!

Wed Jul 18, 11:53:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Wow, Little Blue, I'm glad you're okay! Some of the people I bumped into on Lexington thought it was a terrorist attack, too.

No politics, please, we're, um, allergic. :)

Anon, I hate to disappoint you, but I was raised in New Jersey, and have never lived in the Bronx.

Thu Jul 19, 12:38:00 AM 2007  
Blogger PsychoToddler said...

Talk about your "wo-Man on the Street" reporting...

What a different world this is today than even 3 years ago.

Thu Jul 19, 05:37:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Yes, it certainly is. Dozens of people were snapping shots with their cell phones. (I, being Ms. Low-Tech, was shooting with my [regular "still"] camera, which I've been known to carry around because I can't figure out how to upload photos or shoot videos with my cell phone.) It was really quite incredible. And you should see how many "homemade" videos are linked to the two that I uploaded onto YouTube. The NY1 News TV channel had plenty of competition.

Thu Jul 19, 09:16:00 PM 2007  

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