A Field Guide to New York City Manhole Covers

NC Sewer

Nassau County

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Out-of-Towner Settles In

Whether this erratic was just a day-tripper from Nassau County, a curious Yankee from New Canaan, or a starry eyed country bumkin from North Carolina, they settled in at one of the most central locations in New York and stayed there.


The design is of classic and ubiquitous double basket-weave, this one with only two stilleto snappers.


Nothing fancy here, just keeping children from falling into the sewer, and alligators from coming out.


One cover at 59th St. and Lexington Ave, and others scattered about in Nassau County.

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