Less than a block a part are two man hole covers pouring out noxious white and grey smoke. The first is by Tompkins Square Park in front of the eatery 7A and the other is in the middle of the same street on 7th Street between Avenue A and 1st.
From China Town, East Village, West Village to Chelsea and through out NYC the streets are shot to hell and beneath them even worth condition. The streets in the East Village are repaved only to be re-opened over and over for some utility issue below ground but ultimately the problems below ground have not been resolved.
One example: Over 3 years ago I was filmed along with a diverse group of people
just a few blocks a way at a medium size water break. They have fixed the intersection and area over and over and the intersection particularly at the south east corner keeps breaking open and looks like a crater from Mars. I have photographed this over and over and reported to the City of NY. I have countless blog postings on this and even YouTubes.
Mike Bloomberg and gang pushed a reckless tsunami of development on old NY's infrastructures.
He refused to listen to activists including me demanding he slow down and put safety first. Infrastructure is not sexy -- it doesn't make money for his greedy developer friends. Do the math.