The High Bridge was completed in 1848 and served as an aqueduct carrying water from upstate New York to the City of New York. It is the oldest bridge in New York City. The original stone arch bridge was replaced with a steel arch in a 1928 renovation. This bridge was built as part of the Croton Aqueduct system, to bring water to New York City.
The High Bridge has received Landmark status.
The bridge was closed to all traffic from the 1970’s until its reopening on June 9, 2015. There was a festival celebrating the reopening of the bridge, but we decided to miss the crowds and went a few days later.
High Bridge spans the Harlem River from 173rd Street in Manhattan to The Bronx at 170th Street. There is a swimming pool in High Bridge Park, which used to be a reservior. The High Bridge is maintained by the New York City Parks Dept.
We began our walk at the High Bridge Park. To make it a true crossing, we went to the Bronx side and then back to Manhattan. Afterwards, we walked the bicycle route rather than take the steep stairs back up. We bought empanadas from a street vendor and then went to the playground to let the children burn off whatever energy they had left from the walk.
At the top of the stairs is the High Bridge Water Tower
We met in the middle and had fun enjoying the sites from the bridge. The weather was wonderful with a light breeze.
The Bridgewalks are becoming a ‘family’ affair!
There are several medallions along the bridge giving the history of the aqueduct.
Pleasure boats on the Harlem River
Type: Arch Bridge
Spans: Harlem River
Carries: Pedestrians and bicycles
Connects: The Bronx with Manhattan
Re-Opened: June 9, 2015