Posts Tagged ‘art deco’

On Day 5 of New York City Week, I’m shifting my focus away from sidewalks and onto manhole covers. The quotidian manhole covers are those that show up over and over again across the city.  The rare manhole covers are either  hard to come across because there are few of them, or have been rendered unique through age, art, or setting.

NYC SEWER - an ubiquitous manhole cover

  

N.Y.C. SEWER -- MADE IN INDIA --

  

N.Y.C. SEWER -- MADE IN INDIA -- (Variation 2)

  

N.Y.C. SEWER -- MADE IN INDIA -- (Variation 3)

  

DWS

   

E

  

CON EDISON CO -- (concave)

  

CON EDISON CO -- (convex)

  

The same manhole cover, this time showing more of the beautiful original cobblestone on a street in the Meatpacking District

  

Looks like the elements have gotten the better of this manhole cover

  

    

  

a manhole cover in an advanced state of deterioration

  

NYRT

  

RT -- NYC

  

  

GREEN IRON WORKS

  

  

CATSKILL WATER MANHOLE -- as in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York, where NYC's drinking water originates

  

Art Deco style

  

More Art Deco

  

DPW in Art Deco style

  

  

MANHATTAN

  

GENERAL SEMINARY - in front of a theological seminary

  

Ending on a high note, mahole cover(s) as art

Baltimore’s manhole covers have a tendency towards bold patterns and large font sizes.

DPW CONDUIT

Philosophical question-- is a water meter a type of manhole cover or is it an entirely different category of infrastructure? Is diameter size the only distinction?

Is there a difference between a water meter and a water valve?

WATER VALVE

WATER VALVE MAIN VAULT

SANITARY SEWER

Minimalist. E is for electric?

Large font + bold pattern = a nice looking manhole cover.

One of my favorite manhole covers, with an Art Deco-style typescript.

DPW CONDUIT

The middle part reminds me of a checkers board.

WATER METER

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