A Field Guide to New York City Manhole Covers


Bureau of Sewers Borough of Queens

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On the Town

This most common of Queens sewer caps can occasionally be seen slipping into Manhattan.


This classic design has four rings of squares, From the center there are rings of 6, 8, 16 and 16 nubs. Interspersed are 8 sets of 3 vent holes arranged into triangles. with two more holes in the innermost ring of squares. This sample is seated in a 8 "handle" head.


Manhattan Sewerage


This outlier was spotted in Kingsbridge, Bronx on W 138th St.

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