A Field Guide to New York City Manhole Covers


Queens Midtown Tunnel

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Electric Circles

Of the covers associated with the Queens Midtown Tunnel this one has the most stylized lettering, reminiscent of the embroidery like emblems seen at the early years of the 20th C, modernized with a san-sarif typeface squeezed into the central circle.


The wheel and spoke design with 24 spokes on the outer ring, and the paired linked rings in the second line row of circles was being used extensively by Consolidated Edison for its power lines throughout the city at the time the tunnel was being constructed.


Based on the design, probably electrical.


The Edison circle design is seen thoughout the city, but only on E 37th Street, between First Ave and Tunnel Appoach Rd with a QMT badge.

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