And before you bust out your "Was Chris Christie visiting?" jokes, here's the real story of what happened: Vigo the Carpathian came back. No, no, it was just a 95-year-old water main that burst on 106th Street, creating a huge, impromptu whitewater rafting adventure park (see video) that flowed down Central Park West and flooding several subway stations—causing shutdowns on the A, B, C and D after electricity had to be turned off.
"And boom!" a witness who goes by the name Cowboy told PIX11 News. "It was an explosion, definitely."
Thanks, Cowboy! We eagerly await the dozens of iPhone recordings of subway fistfights between stressed-out passengers that should hit YouTube over the next few hours, as well as what should be about six weeks of "residual delays."