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Steam Heat! A Gilded Age Miracle

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The Bowery Boys: New York City History
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It's HOT in the city even during the coldest winter months, thanks to the most elemental of resources -- steam heat.
This is the story of the innovative heating plan first introduced on a grand scale here in New York City in the 1880s, a plan which today heats many of Manhattan's most famous -- and
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It's HOT in the city even during the coldest winter months, thanks to the most elemental of resources -- steam heat.
This is the story of the innovative heating plan first introduced on a grand scale here in New York City in the 1880s, a plan which today heats many of Manhattan's most famous -- and tallest -- landmarks.
While most buildings in Manhattan derive heat from a private source (most often furnaces, boilers and radiators), some of the largest structures actually get heat from the city.
If you've worked in a large Midtown office building, visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art or had your clothes dry cleaned in Manhattan, you've experienced steam distributed through ConEd's steam service through a system known as district heating.
Because of steam, the city's skyline isn't filled with thousands of chimneys, belching black smoke into the sky.
FEATURING An interview with Frank Cuomo, the director of steam operations at ConEd, who will help explain to us how the city produces steam today and how customers use it.
PLUS We answer some pressing questions about city heat. Why is there no steam service in the other four boroughs? Why does your radiator clang loudly at night? And what's the function of those orange and white chimneys in the streets?Support the show: https://www.patreon.com/boweryboysSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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