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Flooding at Lincoln Center shuts down theater and box office

Shaye Weaver

A water main break flooded the Lincoln Center area like acqua alta in Venice Monday morning, delaying trains, causing general mayhem and forcing the closure of some of its cultural hubs.

It was around 5am when the break happened around 62nd Street and Broadway, with water flooding Broadway and Columbus Avenue, from West 61st Street into West 65th Street.

While Lincoln Center's main campus is open and classes at The Julliard School are still on, The David Rubenstein Atrium, TKTS Discount Booth, and the David H. Koch Theater remain closed due to their proximity to the water main, Lincoln Center officials say.

Luckily, Monday is the New York City Ballet's dark day, meaning no programs are scheduled for tonight. Those who have tickets for the following days can reach out to to find out more. 

The flooding has also impacted about 15 to 20 businesses and has forced the cancellation of classes at Fordham University, according to the Lincoln Square BID, whose office has also been shuttered.

"The west side of Broadway from 61st Street to 63rd Street is currently closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic," it said in a statement. "Emergency personnel from OEM, DEP, NYPD, FDNY, the MTA, and Con Edison are on site. We have been in touch with Commissioner Bishop and his team at the NYC Department of Small Business Services and their emergency response team is on the way."

The BID said it will do "everything we can to insure business continuity."

New Yorkers caught the flooding on video and phone cameras this morning.


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