"Place, with a trace of humanity" Photography/Photo of the Day/Pittsburgh

Vacuuming the Sewers in New York City at Night

What is a Vactor truck?,   I had to ask.

Another man on the sidewalk said, “Haven’t you ever seen a vacuum cleaner before?”

(Not exactly an ElectroLux), Mary said to me.

It was night in the West Village near Bleecker and West 10th.  What a nice guy. I can’t tell you his name which is too bad. He said, “sure you can take my picture.” when I asked.

He explained how the other truck had a camera they could look down into the pipes drains and sewer.

Vactor Truck Worker






The Vactor Truck









Vactor Truck

11 responses

  1. I learned something new here tonight, Ruth. Thank you for that. I will say that whatever their salaries, it isn’t enough.


    June 21, 2013 at 1:05 am

  2. Sonel

    Now that is very interesting Ruth! I didn’t even know things like that exist. What a nice man to allow you to take photo’s. Thanks for a very insightful and interesting post and lovely photo’s hon. 😀 *hugs*


    June 21, 2013 at 2:12 am

  3. Beth Piraino

    Interesting And his car is nice and clean as well.


    June 21, 2013 at 6:32 am

  4. Ruth, you bring a whole new perspective on running wild in the Big Apple. Most girls in the Village at night are trying to stay OUT of the sewer! Nice post.


    June 21, 2013 at 6:45 am

  5. I think I saw one of these when I was in New York and didn’t know what it was. Thanks for clearing up the confusion with your wonderful photos and information.



    June 21, 2013 at 6:46 am

  6. Sue Reinfeld

    Glad you took that picture – I’m sure it made him feel good. Someone has to do this hard jobs.


    June 21, 2013 at 7:11 am

  7. Vincie



    June 21, 2013 at 7:48 am

  8. Amy

    Awesome job they do! Thank you for sharing the photos, Ruth!


    June 21, 2013 at 9:54 am

  9. What a friendly looking guy. Thanks for the education, Ruth. Great photos too. 🙂


    June 21, 2013 at 3:33 pm

  10. WHO KNEW!!!


    June 22, 2013 at 6:09 pm

  11. I love that he’s so happy to be doing his job. And I’m being sincere saying that. Very nice photo!


    June 23, 2013 at 6:42 pm

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