LINCOLN SQUARE — The water and steam systems were temporarily shut down in several Lincoln Center facilities on Wednesday morning after a water pipe was found leaking, Con Edison and city officials said.
Department of Environmental Protection workers had to shut down an underground water main located on 65 Street between Amsterdam Av. and Broadway at around 9 a.m. to isolate the location of the leak, a Department of Environmental Protection spokesman said.
The water system was turned off in several Lincoln Center buildings including Avery Fisher Hall, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center and Indie Café, Lincoln Center offices at 140 West 65th St. and the Lincoln Ristorante, Department of Environmental Protection and Lincoln Center officials said.
No art was affected by the water leakage and the shows were proceeding as scheduled, Lincoln Center officials said.
Con Edison was also called on the site to shut down the steam system to nine customers on the block including seven Lincoln Center facilities, a utility spokeswoman and Lincoln Center Public Relations Vice President Betsy Vorce said.
Steam services, which affect ventilation heating systems and hot water, were shut down at Avery Fisher Hall, the Rose Building, the Walter Reade Theater, The Juilliard School, Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, the Koch Theater, Vorce said.
The leak was found to be coming from the service line which supplies water from the City's main to Lincoln Center. The service line is private property and Lincoln Center is responsible for its maintenance, a spokesman for the Department of Environmental Protection said.
“They have a plumber en route in order to make repairs to the service line. DEP shut the tap to the Lincoln Center service line and restored water service -which was shot for about 90 minutes this morning- to the rest of the properties on the block,” a spokesman for Department of Environmental Protection said.
Lincoln Center said its water and steam services were in the process of being restored.
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, located on 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, was expected to open at noon as usual. “Patrons desiring to use the restrooms will be directed to other open facilities on the campus,” Vorce said in a statement.
Gas and electric systems were not affected, Con Edison officials said.
Lincoln Center officials said they did not immediately know the cause of the water pipe leak.