Politics and Policy

302: Vincent Sapienza

He leads New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection, managing the finest municipal water system in America, despite much of it flowing through century-old cast-iron pipes. He told the Municipal Archives, “The pipe under 42nd Street goes back to the time when John Wilkes Booth’s brother was acting as Hamlet on Broadway.” Yes, he dates infrastructure by Shakespearean actor. Music: Rachel Stern. Photo: Harry Wilks.

Person: John Snow
Place: 19th-century New York
Thing: cast-iron water main
Randy’s Place: Central Park Lake, 1894