A Field Guide to New York City Manhole Covers

Navy Yard Spider Web

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Artisanal Brooklyn Manhole Art

This blank cover was customized by a Navy Yard welder both for safely (traction on the cover when its wet) and perhaps for identification (it has the wheel and spoke pattern of many sewer covers.)


Sixtiien spokes on this wheel, but the slightly irregular inner line gives it more the appearance of a spider web, than a wheel.


Maybe Sewers.


This unique cover was found on Morris Ave. near 4th St. in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Perhaps significantly, it was just around the corner from a TV shoot of an episode of 'Gotham' -- is this lid really just a TV prop?

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