Relay Mailbox

Description Littera excambio (cn. USPS Relay Mailbox) are the unsung workhorses of urban mail delivery. L. excambio holds a day’s worth of mail for the mail carrier, since they can only hold so much mail at one time, allowing the mail carrier to come back to their L. excambio multiple times a day.  Identification A…

WSNY NYC Drinking water sampling station

Description Cast iron stations spread throughout the city, in order for the Department of Environmental Protection to test the quality of the City’s drinking water on a monthly basis. Identification A medium sized cast iron rectangular box with eased corners consisting of two pieces connected by a hinge; raised lettering on the front: “W.S.N.Y. N.Y.C.…

CityRack Small Hoop Rack

Description Ubiquitous public and free bike parking on New York City sidewalks, in a smaller package, allowing for one bicycle to be safely secured.  See also larger cousin rota custodia (cn. CityRack Large Hoop Rack) which functions similarly, but with unique morphological and utility attributes.  Identification Small sized round cast iron circle, with vertical pole…

Inspiration: NACTO Design Guidelines

The National Association of City Transportation Officials is an association of 81 major North American cities and transit agencies formed to exchange transportation ideas, insights, and practices and cooperatively approach national transportation issues. As part of their work, they have been publishing some excellent guidebooks drawn on established case studies and best practices from their…

Genus: Rota

Genus Description DOT provides free bicycle parking racks throughout the five boroughs of a variety of species. Additionally, the DOT set aside space on the street and sidewalks for Citibike, a dock based Bicycle rental service. Species rota custodiaCityRack – Large Hoop Rack rota custodulusMini CityRack – Small Hoop Rack rota tectumBike Parking Shelter rota…

LinkNYC

Description A large rectangular advertising monolith, largely replacing telephone booths, LinkNYC provides the local denizens with free wifi, phone, power charging, a web–enabled browser, and large electronic advertising.  Identification A very large, rectangular monolith, with both long flat sides containing a large display; with one short side fluted, and the other short side containing a…

Fire Callbox

Description Permanent device used to notify the fire department of a fire. Prior to widespread installation of telephones, they were the primary way to summon the FDNY. Identification Callbox has evolved into different features throughout the years, with red plumage defining a defining feature; FDNY and NYPD call buttons, and perforated stainless steel plate. Many…