It’s been around for years, but this morning an enormous sinkhole in the Bronx could sense that today was the first gray Monday of February, and it acted accordingly. At around 10:30 a.m., it opened its maw and swallowed a Sanitation Department salt spreader near East 182nd Street. The vehicle’s right front wheel was stuck in the hole for upward of two hours; it was freed by a utility crew by 12:40 p.m., and that same crew had covered the hole with steel plates by 3 p.m.
Apparently this particular hole has been a plague on the Bronx for years. Bronx resident Juan Villalon, who was nearby when the salt spreader got stuck, said at first he thought it was a car crash, but then he realized “that finally the hole had opened up again.” Villalon told DNAinfo that city officials have filled the pit five times in the past three years. Much like the four remaining Oregon militiamen, Rick Santorum, or Paris Hilton’s career, it’s increasingly forgotten but never gone.