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NY1 For You: City Works To Fix Sinkhole Threatening Harlem Residents

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A Harlem sinkhole will hopefully no longer be a hazard soon for drivers and residents after help from NY1 For You. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following report.

It's road work that's welcomed in a Harlem neighborhood, where residents and drivers say a serious sinkhole has had them treading lightly.

"They filled it no less than about five to six times now," said resident Jorge Leger. "Every time that they fill it, a couple of weeks later to a few weeks later, it keeps sinking."

A week ago, NY1 For You showed a report about how drivers complained that for the past five months, they repeatedly called the city to fix the hole, and although it's been patched up, it keeps sinking back down.

"They patch it like every two weeks, and then it gets worse and worse and worse," said resident James Peters.

"In the meanwhile, while we're waiting, there's cars that are getting damaged, there's tires that are getting blown, and it's a dangerous situation because it keeps sinking," Leger said. "My concern is also kids. You know, kids play in the area. When you're crossing the street, they might not be looking down, and they might get hurt."

After neighbors contacted NY1 For You, NY1 For You called the city Department of Environmental Protection. A DEP official told NY1 For You that a manhole at the location is broken and is scheduled to be reconstructed in the coming weeks. Right after our story aired, DEP got to work.

It's relief for residents and drivers who are happy to say goodbye to the hole.

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