New Years Steam

[UPDATE: Pratt Administration has stated that next year will be the last year (not this year) for the steam whistles, at Conrad’s discretion!]

For the past 50 or so years Chief Engineer Conrad Milster has been setting up steam whistles at Pratt Institute’s campus in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn on New Year’s Eve. It is a tradition that is drawing to a close: It has been reported that this will be the last year for the neighborhood to congregate on the campus and pull the loud whistles that let off copious amounts of steam and sound like a herd of lost inland steamboats.

Consider yourself warned that this is your last chance to experience this unique and free event, and possibly your only chance to ever hear or play an actual steam calliope:

Some past years press coverage of the event:
Atlas Obscura
New York Times

A video of Conrad giving a tour of the steam plant:

Also, from all of us at plaNYourCity, have a safe and happy New Year!

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4 Comments on “New Years Steam”

  1. Rob December 27, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    Why is it the last year?


    • alinefader December 27, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

      I have not been able to confirm, but it appears to be an operational decision from the admin.


  2. PrattAlum December 29, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    Can we organize and make them change their minds like we did when they kicked the cats off campus?


    • alinefader December 30, 2013 at 9:57 am #

      It might be best to talk to the school or Conrad first if you are interested in doing that to find out more about why – Conrad will be there at the event. The school is closed between Christmas and New Years, so contacting the admin isn’t possible at the moment.

      On Sun, Dec 29, 2013 at 7:41 PM, PlaNYourCity


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