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KharmaTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 07:52 AM
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14. Walking Park Avenue
Last year we hiked back from Times Square to 49th & Lexington (quite a stroll)...and I kept noticing the lights and activity coming up from the grates on the streets. Recently, the History Channel did a program on Underground New York. There's a subterranean city underneath...much of it built 100 years ago. It's train tunnels, water pipes, sewage systems, telephone, electrical and cable, subways and more. Over the years you're talking about thousands of miles of tunnels, millions of miles of pipes and cables.

We've had similar problems here in Chicago...a century-old tunnel system flooded in the 90s and gas main explosions and electrical failures are common in warm weather...especially in areas where the infrastructure was "layered" on over the decades. The local power utility corporation...Excellon...got caught with its pants down several years ago by allowing older areas to crumble as they had no history as to the infrastructure conditions.

I'll be following this story closely cause I have another NYC trip...right in that area coming up soon.
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