Day 4 of New York City Week: A Mystery on Broadway

Posted: September 27, 2010 in sidewalks
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Walking around Broadway in SoHo, I kept coming across sidewalks studded with glass cubes and beads. The only other place I’ve seen this is in Seattle, where the glass cubes serve as a ceiling of sorts for an underground story beneath the sidewalk. I’m taking an educated guess here, but I’ll venture to say that the same is true on this section of Broadway. Does anyone know what lies beneath these sidewalks?



  1. TL March says:

    They are “vault lights”. The basement/vault runs under the sidewalk. Pre-electricity skylights for the basement.

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