Here’s a fairly fascinating look at the steam system that powers much of New York City. My guess is most people don’t realize just how critical and abundant steam power is in NYC.
What’s most notable though is how none of this would have been possible if the infrastructure wasn’t laid, in the ground, so many years ago. It was a different time then, when big infrastructure projects were embraced. Building a city of the future was sort of expected and I wonder, as we argue over relatively small projects like bike lanes, if we can ever get back to a place where we’re designing and building a better city with such ambition.
Perhaps the City’s future flood defenses fall under this grand sort of vision. But I’d like to see improved airport to city center infrastructure and major subway overhauls too (Been on the C Train lately?), not to mention awesome biking infrastructure like Copenhagen's Cycle Snake.