Friday, March 3

New York is a city of rooftop wooden water tanks

"They seem like relics of another New York. But most buildings in the city higher than five or six stories have one of these wooden water tanks perched on stilt-like contraptions on the roof. Photographer Andreas Feininger captured their beauty under a dusting of snow in this image, from 1952. I don’t know where this was taken, but there’s a good chance the water towers look exactly the same today."
Ephemeral New York
NY Times: Longtime Emblems of City Roofs, Still Going Strong
Up on the Roof: NYC's Water Tanks Are Here to Stay
Water towers: NYC's misunderstood icons
Water towers in New York (Video)
YouTube: Inside New York City's Water Towers | The New York Times, The Story Behind New York City Water Towers

2014 November: Water tower