Saturday, November 8, 2008

Water Fountain Woes

The great water fountain shutoff has begun. Fountains in Cadman Plaza Park and in City Hall Plaza on the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge were found to be (gasp) not working.

Note that the shutoffs seems to take place in waves - for example, the main one in Prospect Park by Grand Army Plaza is still working (albeit clogged, so it's kind of gross to drink from).

Good thing it's going to approach 60 degrees today ...

4 comments:

Amy said...

It's always so sad to see the shut-offs...cold weather close behind. I just came home from a run and drank from the one inside the park on the street by the lake, on the east side, so I know that's on.

Brooklyn Runner said...

I should add, for those unfamiliar with this, the water fountains are shut off so the water doesn't freeze in the pipes. Don't know what the criteria is - it usually happens as the weather nears the freezing point (though one might implore the NYC Parks Department to look out the window and consider the next few weeks - it'll get close, but not hit, 32 degrees Fahrenheit in NYC, before December, I'd bet. Then again, I don't have to pay for the cleanup if the pipes freeze and break ... or maybe I do ...).

There are some fountains, including those along the West Side Highway, and those attached to public bathrooms (like off the Promenade at Pierrepont Street) that are on year round.

Michael said...

The fountains are off on the Conney Island / Brighton Beach Boardwalk too:(

and my word verification is kunesch, almost knish as is Mrs Stahl's on Conney Island Ave of years ago. Weird, not so much....

Michael said...

Central Park was dry today too