NYC once employed miles of pneumatic tubes to transport mail and other objects throughout the city. Here is what we could dig up about where it all is now
Meet Mike Caswell, founder of NYC's Roasting Plant coffee shop, which uses vacuum-aided pneumatic tubes to deliver roasted coffee to its patrons in no time.
There are some remnants of NYC's 27-mile pneumatic tube mail network still viewable to the intrepid, but this 1908 map reveals the network's extent, the promise it once held and how some destinations on the route have evolved.
A central vacuum system, proposed by Science and Invention magazine in 1922, would have drawn dirt and dust from NYC's pavements and sucked them up with hoses.
An Untapped Cities reader submitted this photograph he snapped of a pneumatic tube from his office on 86th Street and Lexington Ave, and we dug into its origin.
We've been so pleased with the fact that the Hyperloop plan has brought our favorite forgotten technology to light: the pneumatic tube system in NYC.
An Untapped reader asked us "Anyone know where I can see remnants of the old US mail pneumatic tubes in NYC?" Here's our answer.
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