A Field Guide to New York City Manhole Covers


Honeycomb with 1 vent

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A Honeycomb in Queens

The honeycomb design was still very much in use when the Department of Public Works took over the building and maintenance of the sewers from the Borough Presidents in 1939. The design was not as popular in Queens as in the other boroughs, but the DPW brought this one on line in Kew Gardens.


One vent hole in the center of 19 hexagons. DPW slipping in where BPB (Borough President Brooklyn) used to sit.


What else but a sewer?


Honeycombs are found throughout the city, this one is on Queens Blvd at 82nd Ave.

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