A Field Guide to New York City Manhole Covers


_none w 398 Broome St. on rim

Dale Tile Mfg Co.

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This unprepossessing cover has a more distinguished rim. The clearly readable address is 398 Broome St. N.Y. and from the "1892 Complete Ward Atlas of New York City" this was the home of the Dale Tile M'fg. Co. Limited, "FOR VAULT, AREA, SIDE-WALK, FLOOR And ROOF LIGHTS. Wrought Iron Illuminating Doors. Vault Covers." The more recent cover (welded-in no less) replaces what was likely a more decorous cover from sometime back in the 20th or maybe 19th century.

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