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Why Steam Pours From New York City Streets

For over a century, 105 miles of pipes underneath Manhattan’s streets have delivered steam to some of the city’s oldest and tallest buildings. But once in a while, a pipe explodes – blasting a massive hole into the street and spraying boiling hot steam, water, and asbestos into the air. These catastrophes tend to raise the question: is it time to wean New York off steam?

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