Friday, February 22, 2008

Steam & Taxi

I thought this was a perfect New York City scene because of the steam coming off the pipe from beneath the street and the yellow cab driving by. The steam is a result of warm air from the underground shafts meeting the cold air above ground. The pipe was installed to help reduce pressure build-up underground, which can cause the manhole covers to explode up in the air and create serious damages.

No question today.

20 comments:

Olivier said...

bravo et bien vu cette photo, avec un peu d'imagination, on pourrait penser que c'est un taxi a vapeur. Voila comment résoudre le problème de l'énergie ;o)
bravo and having seen well this photograph, with a little of imagination, they could think that it is a taxi has steam. How veils resolve the problem of energy ;o)

Fénix - Bostonscapes said...

I don't think I've seen that around here even though the steam can be really thick at times...

Ioanna said...

I've never seen anything like this before! Nice capture though!

Jazzy said...

how interesting, i wander what's underneath, where is the steam coming form?
perfect NY scene!

oldmanlincoln said...

Interesting photo. Neat description.

Peter said...

... but I have question! Whe do you always see this steam in NYC and not in Paris (or elsewhere)?

Paz said...

Wonderful NYC shot, indeed!

Paz

Ming the Merciless said...

They are mostly cable wires, transformers and other electrical systems underground. You will notice that there are very few or no overhead wires on the city streets.

Every summer, the cables and transformers underground will catch fire from overheating and cause blackouts to different neighborhoods.

Todd HellsKitchen said...

Those underground steam pipes can be very dangerous.... They are soooo old.

Chris said...

You just answered my question about summer blackouts.

BTW. . .I'll email you privately. . .still trying to decide about coming up there. . . .

Kuanyin said...

You can't forget the Lion People that live beneath the streets. :-)

Hey, I've given you an award. You can read about it on my Wailea Daily Photo blog. Cheers!

marley said...

Great picture, as you say - a perfect New York City scene.

tigerfish said...

Sounds like a man-made volcano there!

Ex-Shammickite said...

That pic is very NYC!

Signs&Wonders said...

ah, but *I* have a question for you . . . is that the Limelight (used to be a club, I think it's closed down now) behind the taxi? 6th Ave somewhere in the 20's?!

(I like to pretend that I still know something about the city!!!)

GMG said...

Hi Ming, here I am trying to recapture your last posts on my weekly visit… ;)
The Soho Savoy must be a nice alternative for the London, since the latter is closed for renovation... ;))
The sunset is brilliant! Filipino food: I think I had it only in Manila. The Lion, I've seen it so many times, but never captured it this way; great shot! And last, but not the least, the steam taxi is gorgeous!
Thanks for your comments at Blogtrotter. I’m still strolling around the streets of Sofia, there.
Have a great weekend!
Gil

missy said...

Wow that looks amazing and so New York. I was really hoping to get there this year but don't think I'll be able to. The fella and I want to go there together but I was looking at flights and hotels and just don't think we will be able to afford it as we would like to spend a week there, so I can get over the jet lag and we would both really explore the city.

Anyway hope you are well. Whats the weather like there? I personally can't wait for spring to get here!

citygirl15 said...

That photo is so NYC!

I live near Con Edison headquarters and there seems to be one manhole on our block with is always spouting steam.

Fabrizio - ikol22 said...

But don't they use steam to warm up apartments?

Philip Carl said...

Nice shot. Especially with the old LimeLite in the background!