A Field Guide to New York City Manhole Covers

Page's Foundry Albany

Park Avenue Sewer

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Honeycomb to the Park Ave. Sewer

This classic pattern is widely used for sewer covers throughout the city. This one is unusual for its foundry inscription from a rather obscure ironmonger in Albany. We can probably date the cover to about 1929, when the current sewer line was built between the buildings on the west side Park Ave. and the sunken tracks of the of the New York Central Railroad in the center of Park Ave. For a deep dive into the Park Ave sewer Click Here.


Funtional and sturdy, this design of three (occasionally 4) rings of hexagons was widely used in the early and mid 20th century, generally for sewer covers.


Prevents people from falling into holes in the ground.


The honeycomb pattern is found in throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island, with just a few erratics popping up in Queens. This example, from Park Ave near 53rd St., is the only one I have found with the Page's Foundry inscription.

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