The New York Times Living City Series: A City Shaped by Steam

The New York Times Living City Series: A City Shaped by Steam

October 16, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Ever wonder why there are orange and white pipes with steam pouring out of them on New York streets?

Manhattan has 105 miles of steam pipes running beneath the island…the largest steam system in the world…and when the pipes need repair…the orange and white “steam chimneys” are installed to protect workers. But why do we use steam? And how does it work?

With more than 100 miles of steam piping and nearly 2,000 buildings served, New York’s steam system is the largest in the world.

Have you ever wondered how New York works? Produced by Melanie Burford and Greg Moyer of Blue Chalk for The New York Times, each episode of “LIVING CITY” is a short documentary that tackles simple questions about big engineering systems using graphics, animation, interviews and knowledgeable guides.

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