Steam

"Street-level plumes of steam, normally the result of water coming into contact with a steam pipe, are common sights on the streets of Manhattan. But they are also a serious traffic hazard. Where the fog is particularly dense, orange-and-white-striped steam vents are placed above the manhole to carry the steam well above windshield level to maintain visibility for drivers."

 

(from The works: Anatomy of a city)

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Taken on January 5, 2008