A Field Guide to New York City Manhole Covers



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F for Fire?

This valve cover in Tribeca has the enigmatic inscription "F. " This is presumably for "Fire" and either part of the fire alarm system, or part of the extensive system of high pressure water pipes installed in lower Manhattan in the early 20th century to aid fire fighters.


A simple, single strand basket weave design, with squared strands.


Probably from the fire alarm communications network in lower Manhattan


This cover was on Washington St. between W Houston and Spring. Another can be seen near Foley Square at Leonard Street and Benson Place.

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