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Charlie Zimmerman, Watertower Builder

Look up from nearly any street in Manhattan and you’ll see the rooftop wooden water tanks that Charlie Zimmerman has been installing for 23 years. Charlie works for Rosenwach Tanks, a century-old firm that is the last in New York to build the tanks.

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