A Field Guide to New York City Manhole Covers

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This generic cover is of interest mainly because it is probably a replacement for a much more decorative one. Directly across 2nd Ave from this cover in Stuyvesent Square is a rose-petal design cover marked COONAN MAKER (see below). The diamond block cover is about and inch shorter in diameter, but notice that the blocks around the cover leave about an inch of space that would have easily held the older, more decorative cover.

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