A reader emailed Gothamist with this news:

There's a compact car literally stuck IN the street on Madison, near 55th street. Someone had removed the manhole lid, so this car drove over the manhole and its front wheel is now lodged in the hole. It's incredible!

And then, we hope, about twenty clowns came tumbling out of the car. Gothamist suspects that air was let out of the tire in order for the car to be dislodged, but if anyone managed to see or photograph this incident, let us know.

Some links: How Stuff Works on exploding manholes, Gothamist on exploding manholes and manhole tattoos, New York magazine on manholia (fear of manholes) and DC had a spate of manhole incidents - here's the Washington Post's manhole section.