Emergency workers and fire fighters look at the flood; Photo - NY Times

A water main broke in Washington Heights yesterday, affecting the Cross Bronx Expressway and residents and shopowners alike. The pipe was 108 years old, and a stretch of Amsterdam Avenue looked, well, like Amsterdam. Except for the cars in the water. While potentially devestating to business owners in the neighborhood, the Daily News reports that Mayor Bloomberg said the break was "nothing compared to the [Staten Island Ferry] tragedy last night....I'm happy to report that while there's been some inconvenience, there's not been any lasting damage." The clean-up should take 24 hours. So even though you may not live in the suburbs, where your basement can flood, New Yorkers can get screwed by flooding waters. Water main breaks rank up there with blackouts and transit strikes on the list of things that can really suck when living in the city.