In New York, a water main break cuts off much of the city's water supply for two days
A break in pipes near 65th Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City caused most of middle and lower Manhattan to lose its water supply. New Yorkers were forced to depend upon public pumps and the police department supervised the opening of the street hydrants. A fire broke out on the first night but near enough to the river to provide fire fighters with pumped water. Water flow was restored late on the second day after the break. (By John Osborne)
Serious Calamity to the City," New York Herald, December 07, 1860, p. 1.