High Bridge

 

Officially called the Aqueduct Bridge, High Bridge is an elegant steel arch bridge standing over140 feet high above the Harlem River, connecting the Bronx near West 170th Street to Manhattan. The bridge opened in 1848, and is now the oldest surviving bridge city, although closed to traffic since the 1970s. Originally designed as a stone arch bridge, High Bridge had the grand proportions of a Roman aqueduct and supplied the growing city with water from the Croton River 10 miles away.

 

An aqueduct engineering team, led by John B. Jervis and James Renwick, Jr., designers of New York's Saint Patrick's Cathedral, designed High Bridge. Currently, renovation is underway, and the bridge is scheduled to be open to pedestrians in 2015.

 

Learn more at www.nycgovparks.org

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