A Field Guide to New York City Manhole Covers


Unmarked Sewer Cap

16 spokes 8 holes

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This is a sewer lid that is identified only by it's design, a direct descendent of the early Manhattan DPW spoke and wheel caps. This one could be from almost any time in the first half of the 20th century.

DESIGN:

The wheel and spoke design here has 8 spokes in the center and 16 spokes in the outer ring and where earlier designs had text in the middle ring this one has 8 raised vent holes. Vent holes are always a good indicator that it is covering a sewer opening!

UTILITY:

Probably from the New York City Department of Sewers.

RANGE:

This cap is in the Fulton Landing area of Dumbo Brooklyn, but similar designs are found throughout the city.

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Don Burmeister -- Photographs