The pond beneath the Empire State Building

Geoff Manaugh:

Something I’ve long meant to post about—and isn’t news at all—is the fact that there is a lost lake in the basement of the Empire State Building. Or a pond, more accurately speaking.

One of many sad stories of street grids running roughshod over the landscape. But still a great ghost of geography.

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