(Elmer Fudd) Be vewy quiet - it's a secwet hole . . .

Secret Stuff Buried in Bing Roads?

Gathering of The Secret Hole Society . . .

A construction crew works on what appears to be some sort of pipe (water?) in downtown Binghamton this past Monday evening. I happened to notice this from my office as I was getting ready to leave for the evening and I thought that the scene looked kind of cool. So - I took my backpack and laptop and put them into the car and then grabbed my camera and went over to have a look. I didn't look for long as within a minute of being near the (apparently) secret hole in the ground, I had a guy - "Chief Hole Digger?", "Crew Chief?" "Crew Boss?", who knows - getting quite belligerent with me telling me that I couldn't take any photos. I was like ". . . 'scuse me?" He grumbled something about it "being illegal!" and then asked me if someone sent me - ie; are you press or something? He then look at his crew and barked at them something to the effect that ". . . if you guys see anyone else around here with cameras - no photography - my rules!" He was quite emphatic on the latter ("MY RULES!!") Needless to say I didn't shoot anything there at ground level - the view was better from above anyway. Assuming that this is a city crew working here, on city streets, both paid in part with my tax dollars and with no posted signs or barriers (or anything), no tents or canopies surrounding the (apparently) secret hole in the ground - I'm pretty sure that I was not in the wrong for wanting to shoot something that I thought might make an interesting photograph.


( I really thought about calling up all of the local television news crews and directing them to his hole . . . . )

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Garrys foto says ... on Sunday, Dec 6 at 4:35 PM

You are protected by the First ammendment,as are Your photographs,Look it -up," Photography is a form of speech"and You are the sole owner of that photo,No one person can tell You that You Cant take a photo!Freedom of Speech!"Rules"

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City Employee says ... on Thursday, Dec 3 at 7:47 PM

This was not even a city job. The city employees had to be there to turn off the water and turn it back on when the contractor was done.. Another thing the guy that told the photographer the leave was not a city employee..

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Lulz says ... on Wednesday, Dec 2 at 9:28 PM

They are making an underground roundabout. I guess the above ground one wasn't pointless enough lol.

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Thomas Jefferson says ... on Wednesday, Dec 2 at 8:26 PM

It wouldn't be such a big deal if the chief knucklehead hadn't tried prevent the photographer from taking pictures. The hole is not the real story. The real story is people THAT WORK FOR US try to take away our basic freedoms.

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Westsider says ... on Wednesday, Dec 2 at 7:09 PM

They were looking for Hoffa....or Hillary Clinton's 10,000 jobs for upstate...or the Lockheed Helicopter Contract...no maybe it was for the millions of dollars that the yet to be approved gas exploration is going to bring in..this is fun, who's next?

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Mad Mike says ... on Wednesday, Dec 2 at 6:59 PM

Shut up and jump from the crowley building already and get your story straight. i was there and thats not what went down.

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sneek a peek says ... on Wednesday, Dec 2 at 4:12 PM

Probably because they didn't have a box in the ground like OSHA says they have to have to help save their lives if the ground gives way. Fire the boss for risking their lives. Thats what I say. Where is OSHA? Where is the fines?????

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KW says ... on Wednesday, Dec 2 at 1:17 PM

Maybe this means the area has hit "rock bottom".

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GB2712 says ... on Wednesday, Dec 2 at 12:49 PM

look at the mark outs in the photo's and you can make a good guess as to what they were working on or digging for.

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GB2712 says ... on Wednesday, Dec 2 at 12:45 PM

Hint; each mark-out paint color stands for a certain utility- Red or orange is wiring- power, cable, phone, control wiring , etc Green is for sewer or waste water Yellow is for gas Blue is for water White is for temp. marking such as surveying etc.

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Endicotter says ... on Wednesday, Dec 2 at 12:33 PM

Maybe they were looking for the economy

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mb27 says ... on Wednesday, Dec 2 at 12:32 PM

most of the older buildings downtown are all connected through the basements. for example, you can go from the press building to the old theatre without ever going outside. this is probably just another way down there.

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Front Street says ... on Wednesday, Dec 2 at 12:14 PM

There are probably OSHA violations at the worksite. That is the only thing that this clown could be worried about. Oh, and if it is out in the open, you can take pictures.

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blue says ... on Wednesday, Dec 2 at 12:04 PM

Secret hole? come on. Must have been a slow news day. The guy in charge probably dosn't want photos taken because it could end up as a ridiculous news story like this. and a WBNG follow up? I hope not. Why not just air a story on local paranoia

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Sunset says ... on Wednesday, Dec 2 at 10:42 AM

You should have asked this crew chief moron who is he to tell you that you can't take pictures? This moron gets paid by our taxes!!! What is he and what are they trying to hide??? I hope WBNG follows up on this story, This needs coverage!!

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Mr. Binghamton says ... on Wednesday, Dec 2 at 10:31 AM

I think you're right Socko. Pedestrians will need one to get by the turnabout. Either that or the were exploring for natural gas. But they could find that easier at City Hall

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Socko McTaters says ... on Wednesday, Dec 2 at 2:48 AM

I think that's where the subway is going to start.

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