Did You Know? from MetroBlogs

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MB_didyouknow-thumb.jpgDuring the rolling blackouts that swept across the northeast in 2003, NYers were reminded of what a huge boon organized power is to our way of life. But, did you know that the nation’s first power plant was operated right here in Manhattan? The brainchild of Thomas Edison and his Edison Electric Illuminating Company, Pearl Street Station began operation in 1882 and served over 500 customers at its peak. The direct current plant was situated near the East River on the very lower East side. It burned down in 1890, was rebuilt and continued operation until 1895, when it was deemed obsolete due to size, output, and inferior technology (AC was taking over as the accepted standard). A plaque marking the spot where the historic building stood is still present.

For more info, check out the following links:
Pearl Street Station: The Dawn of Commercial Electric Power
Pearl Street, Inc. – About Thomas Edison’s Pearl Street

[photo courtesy Light Rail Now]

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