Tele -x -phone -graph -metry or -port?
Exactly what is below this cover is a bit of a mystery, although the lack of a Made In - CANADA, - MEXICO, -CHINA -INDIA or USA identification suggests it was cast before 1991 when the "ISTEA" buy American law went into effect.
The simple, single strand basket weave design has been a standard for years, often used by data transmission company's, from the pnuematic tube operators to contemporary optic fiber networkers.
Tele something or other
This cover is on West 4th St. between Thompson and LaGuardia. Slight variants of this simple design can be found throughout the city.