By Paula Katinas
As the sinkhole that rocked 79th Street residents last Wednesday is being brought under control by repair crews, work is continuing at the site of the enormous sinkhole on 92nd Street near Third Avenue that formed more than a month ago.
That hole, which sinks down more than 70 feet, is still not fully repaired, according to officials.
Councilman Vincent Gentile and other officials will hold a public meeting on Thursday, Aug. 9, in the community room at Shore Hill, 9000 Shore Road, at 7 p.m. to give residents an opportunity to learn about the progress of the repair work at the 92nd Street sinkhole from DEP experts.
The meeting had initially been scheduled for Monday, Aug. 6, as announced on the councilman’s Facebook page.
The sinkhole opened up on 92nd Street between Ridge Boulevard and Third Avenue. It was caused by a ruptured sewer line, officials said.
Meanwhile, the sinkhole that formed on 79th Street near Fifth Avenue is almost completely repaired, according to Gentile, who said the street has been reopened to vehicular traffic.
Repair crews from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection were still at the site on Aug. 6 working to fix the 20-foot-deep sinkhole that caused a street cave-in on Aug. 1, but the work area had gotten considerably smaller over the five days since the sinkhole was discovered.
The sinkhole, which erupted at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday on 79th Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues, nearly swallowed three parked cars.
The sinkhole was caused by a ruptured sewer line that undermined the street, according to Gentile.
No one was injured in the cave-in.