A concerned East Village resident sent the above photo and this note...
This is how Con Ed left the repair site directly inside the crosswalks of the Earth School/P.S. 64 on Avenue B and East 5th Street.
One would hope that there is no possibility that a current could exist in these wires. However, they are certainly secured with the shrink-wrap caps that is Con Ed's protocol for securing live cables.
This does not instill confidence. We don't have any way of knowing if the cables are dead or simply capped. Nor does it seem to be an exercise in good judgement to leave the appearance of exposed wires like this within the crosswalks of an elementary school.
And the snowfall that will fall tonight will quickly cover these up…
Updated 9:35 a.m.
Con Ed spokesperson Allan Drury left this comment: "This cable is not live and poses no danger. It previously provided temporary power. We will remove it as soon as weather permits."