The Big Apple has some large “wormholes.”
Veteran social media superstar Casey Neistat has New Yorkers shaking in their boots after sharing a stunning video of a city sidewalk collapsing beneath his feet like something out of a disaster movie.
In the groundbreaking footage, captioned “Gotta watch the sidewalks of New York City,” Neistat is seen strolling along the sidewalk when he happens upon a crack in the cement.
The influencer — he has 12.6 million subscribers on YouTube and nearly 1 million followers on TikTok — dips an exploratory toe into the crack in the sidewalk, causing the crater to collapse like an Indiana Jones booby trap, revealing a wide chasm.
More specifically, the phenomenon is officially something that would be called a “collapse” – also known as “the collapse of the asphalt into a deep, empty space with no solid ground” (not to be confused with a pothole, which is is a flat hole). crack in the sidewalk), according to NYC 311.
Then 42-year-old Neistat sticks his camera into the cave and reveals that it goes several meters deep and even contains pipes, as if he had found a secret entrance to the Kingdom of Gotham’s infamous “mole people.”
The Post has reached out to New York City Department of Transportation officials responsible for the city’s infrastructure for comment on the veracity of this viral sensation shocked over 17 million views in less than 24 hours.
Meanwhile, TikTokers quickly snapped photos of the gaping hole in the sidewalk, with many viewers joking that Neistat had found “Old York.”
“You could probably rent this out for $600,” another joked, referring to the Big Apple’s sky-high real estate prices.
Another commenter sniped, “Don’t let the NYC landlords see this. They’ll offer a 1-bed studio with a skylight for $3,000/month.”
Some Samaritans suspected that Neistat should have fallen into the hole on purpose – and then sued New York City.
“Bro out here wasting damages suits,” one commenter scoffed, while another exclaimed, “I would have fallen for it and sued a trillion.”
Others saw the porous pavement as a symptom of urban decay.
“New York City is literally falling apart and no one is doing anything about it,” complained expert Ian Miles Cheong on Xthe platform formerly known as Twitter, along with a repost of the video, which has since garnered over 845,000 views.
Unfortunately, New York’s Swiss cheese sidewalks are not a new phenomenon as the metropolis welcomes them 35 reports of collapses since 2019.
Last month, crazy footage showed a hole in a Manhattan sidewalk that had grown so large that New Yorkers could look down and see subways running right beneath their feet.
Unfortunately, if someone steps on one of these cracks, it is entirely possible for them to break their back.
In 2020, a 33-year-old man narrowly escaped serious injury when a sinkhole opened on a Bronx sidewalk and he fell 15 feet, police said.
Gothamites can report collapses by going to the 311 pageand are instructed by the agency to call 911 if there is an unprotected road opening that could result in injury or death.
If the collapse is next to a catch basin, commonly referred to as a storm drain or sewer grate, New Yorkers should file the report there Complaint about the catch basin site, while any collapses with water leaks should be posted on the site Water leak on the street or sidewalk Page.