Tuesday, December 23

Miles of Steam Pipes Snake Beneath New York


"First developed in the 1880s, New York City’s steam system is the largest in the world. No other urban steam system comes close. Today, 105 miles of steam pipe run beneath the streets of the city, delivering steam to 2,000 buildings for heating and cooling. Steam also sterilizes hospital equipment, presses clothes, and cleans restaurant dishes and cutlery. This episode of 'Living City,' a video series about New York’s infrastructure, looks at the history of the city’s steam system and explores how a technology that eliminated chimneys from the skyline in the early 20th century is helping reduce carbon emissions and provide a cleaner source of energy for New York in the 21st."
NY Times
W - New York City steam system
Slate: What’s That Thing? City Steam Edition
[PDF] Steam Distribution System

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