Water Main Break Near 59th Street Bridge Closes Streets

By Ben Fractenberg | March 8, 2011 12:18pm | Updated on March 8, 2011 1:00pm

By Benjamin Fractenberg and Michael Ventura

DNAinfo Staff

MANHATTAN — A water main break near the 59th Street Bridge sent plumes of steam into the air and closed East Side streets to traffic Tuesday morning.

The break occurred at East 60th Street and First Avenue, but steam could be seen rising from below ground at several locations.

A contractor working for Con Edison broke the 12-inch pipe at roughly 11:15 a.m., the city's Department of Environmental Protection said.

Water was briefly shut off, but no customers were affected, the agency said.

East 60th Street from Second Avenue to York Avenue was briefly closed off, as was First Avenue from East 57th Street to East 60st Street, the city's Office of Emergency Management tweeted.

No injuries were reported, the FDNY said.