A Field Guide to New York City Manhole Covers

S (Steam)


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Contemporary Valve Cover

This little steam-valve cover sits across from the United Nations, but is a rather unsightly addition to the streetscape. The center, rather than a carefully designed cover, seems to be almost makeshift, made of lightweight fiberglass composite, carefully marked, but haphazardly installed. A small exemplar of ConEd's currently debased approach to street installations.


A laser cut S in a cheap-looking composite.


This cover sits in a small field of other ConEd manholes, which may have been part of the steam system eminating from the former generator plant on nearby East 41st St.


There may be more of these birds, but I tend to look the other way!

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Don Burmeister -- Photographs