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Thousands of potholes are filled every month in New York City. People who walk, drive or bike around town know that NYC roads are marked by potholes and sinkholes of various shapes and sizes.

Neighbors along West 43rd Street in Manhattan (just west of 9th Avenue) noticed one and have been watching it grow.

Heidi Kole, a neighbor and musician, has documented the situation.

She nicknamed it “Oscar.” According to the city’s website, it was reported it to the city’s 311 system on July 16, 2013. The city has ten days to respond to the issue.

A sinkhole can be a more serious situation. It usually occurs when an area underneath the roadbed shifts (often from a ruptured pipe).

A pothole is defined on the DOT website as “a hole in the street with a circular or ovular shape and a definable bottom.” The DOT takes care of potholes while the Department of Environmental Protection responds to sinkholes.

Report street problems to 311 and here and also to PIX11’s Greg Mocker. His email is mocker@pix11.com. Be specific about the location and condition of the problem.

UPDATE: The NYC Department of Environmental Protection sent out a crew after PIX11 news Reporter Greg Mocker contacted that office directly to report the size and actual location of the problem.


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