The pneumatic system for transporting mail, active in NYC from 1897-1953. Very neat. Systems like this are still in use at many banks, with trash management, and some research libraries.
Saw this outside my office today. So exciting! I even got to talk with a confused pedestrian about it. I wish there was some public education on the new sign itself instead of just on the internet, and/or that it wasn’t labeled “arcade” (very archaic!) but hey, this is great.
YES! Basically, there are currently random passageways (privately owned) through buildings sitting in between 6th and 7th Avenues. But, it’s not easy to cross the street at those points, and it’s rather disjointed. So, the city is creating new, raised crosswalks, street paint, and stop signs to hopefully ease traffic and make these public spaces… Continue reading 6½th Avenue Gets Greenlight: Pedestrian Passageway Approved by Community Board, Installation in June