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Left? Right? And a lot of hot air | The DC Dispatches | Law, Policy, and Politics
Left? Right? Like Washington these days, a lot of hot air comes out from beneath NYC streets. In NY is serves a purposes. In DC, it makes you want to turn off the television. Photo Credit: Jason I. Poblete If you've been to New York City, you more than likely have seen the orange and white steam stacks located in the streets and sidewalks throughout the city. If not, please write and tell me what captivated your attention so intently. Manhattan has a huge underground steam delivery system. It is used for heating and cooling businesses and homes, even sterilizing surgical instruments. New York built its first steam generation plant in 1882. Today it is the largest steam system in the world. The vapor or steam surfacing from underground labyrinth of tubes is the result of water dripping on hot surfaces or leaks from the system itself. The stacks or street "chimneys" are there for safety. The stuff coming out of the stack is hot and can obstruct traffic. The stack pictured in this photo