A Field Guide to New York City Manhole Covers


High Pressure Fire Service

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HPFS in Brooklyn

In 1904 the rage for High Pressure Fire Service water lines was as strong in Brooklyn as in Manhattan, perhaps even more so given the lower overall water pressure. Landowners liked them because it promised to lower their fire insurance costs, politians liked them because there were so many important decisions as to exactly which streets would get the service, not to mention all the contracts that would need be let.


Whitney Museum work by Sari Dienes from 1953.

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