Upstate New York
With natural gas dependency on the rise, thousands of miles of pipe connect New York City to a vast and dangerous geography of extraction.
Questions of ownership, affordability, and political representation converge in current struggles over rent regulation.
Factory-farmed food fills most plates and stocks most supermarkets in New York City. But upstate, a scrappy network fights to build an alternative infrastructure to deliver better steaks and sausages.
The city’s watershed includes 19 reservoirs, three lakes, 7,000 miles of water pipes, tunnels and aqueducts, and 7,400 miles of sewer lines — and perhaps many megawatts of untapped energy.