Many buildings in Manhattan have their heating, cooling, hot water and in some cases elevator service powered by the largest steam system in the United States. The process all starts with New York City drinking water.
“That water is then put into our boilers and steam generators and we make steam and it’s sent out to customers across Manhattan,” Christina Ho, the vice president of steam operations for Consolidated Edison, said.
In fact, all of Manhattan’s big, old and iconic buildings below 96th Street get the steam, like the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. The steam system is just one part of the history of Con
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