Forget Heated Bathroom Floor, Here's Heated Sidewalk

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    Mar 02, 2014 6:28 PM GMT
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    As heavy, wet snow blanketed New York City last month and then quickly turned to slush, the sidewalks in front of some luxury apartment buildings remained pristine. As if by magic, snowflakes melted as they touched the ground in front of these upscale addresses, releasing a faint vapor that hung momentarily in the bitter cold before vanishing altogether, thanks to what is turning out to be the ultimate amenity in an unrelenting winter: heated sidewalks.

    “It’s a big plus for us,” said Peter Kostoglou, a well-groomed doorman in a double-breasted overcoat at 535 West End Avenue, where the heated sidewalk is going on its third winter. “It cuts the work down.”

    He paused to open the door for a high-heeled resident who strode briskly across the glistening pavement to a car waiting by the curb, seemingly oblivious to the slush nearby.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/02/realestate/ditch-the-snow-shovel.html?hp
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    Mar 02, 2014 8:24 PM GMT
    Nothing new. They've been built from time to time here and there over the last century. They have them at the hospital here. There is also a big masonry mandala at the cancer center - they have patients walk the lines and patterns - it's heated from below and always free of snow and ice.
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    Mar 02, 2014 9:26 PM GMT
    Still it's a great idea if we could implement this into our own neighborhoods. I never knew this actually existed -- I figured it did though. I thought about this while salting the driveway.
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    Mar 02, 2014 9:27 PM GMT
    There are some luxury homes near me with heated driveways, I'd love it.
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    Mar 02, 2014 10:22 PM GMT
    In Detroit we have that too, but we call them steam sewers.

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