I'm just back from a 5-day journey to New-York, which I enjoyed very much. One thing I am wondering is what are all these tanks on the top of the builidings for ? Hot water ?
I think those are water tanks.
I can't help but feel a bit like a tourist every time I go to Times Square. I plan on taking my sister there to see the life size t-Rex in Toys R Us.
Cold water, not hot.
So how do they get the water up into the water tower?
If NY is like the rest of the world you pump the water up to the tank.
I'm not a New Yorker (Londoner actually) -- but we were on the Circle Line tour (boat trip round Manhattan) and the guy said they were there by law for fire fighting purposes.
Huh. I've never seen or heard of those things being used to fight fires.
Er, I guess there's a pipe from the top of the building to the bottom?
"the law required that there be at least 3,500 gallons of water stored on the premises for firefighters' use"
Oh... They feed those little Y shaped pipes that stick out of the buildings that everyone loves to sit on. Kewl.
That's what I love about this city... It was built before people had figured things like like how to make an efficient subway or a water system... yet they both work when you need them.
The tanks on top of the buildings are to make people feel safer, like the national guard in the subways.
Sorry, but a guy in uniform with an M-16 - in his hands no less, not even holstered away - does not make me feel safe. Even if you are joking, I think it's insane.
What, lots of people carrying guns doesn't make you feel safe? That's a bit unpatriotic of you isn't it? :-)
You can love your country without loving the people who run it. Of course, the PUSA would love to have you think otherwise.
The Y-shaped pipes that people sit on are called standpipes. They run up through the builiding stairwells. If there is a fire, the firemen run a hose from the hydrant (perhaps through a fire truck that increases the pumping pressure) to the standpipes. the pipes fill with water, and the firemen then do not need to run a hose from the ground to the 9th floor to get to the fire. They simply carry their hose up the stairs and hook it to the standpipe on the 9th floor and the water is there.
That's funny. I wrote ( http://www.livejournal.com/users/deadprogrammer/103005.html?nc=7 ) about water tanks and wooden architecture ( http://deadprogrammer.livejournal.com/106126.html?nc=6 ) just a while back in my journal.
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