June 18 & 25, July 30, August 26 2015
It’s official: the newly renovated High Bridge reopened on June 11 as a walkway! In 1848, the High Bridge spanned the Harlem River connecting the Bronx to Manhattan to transport clean water via the Croton Aqueduct.
Join Bryan Diffley — the Project Manager in charge of the renovation of this outstanding engineering treasure — on a very special walking tour of NYC’s oldest standing bridge.
The High Bridge was designed by John B. Jervis, Chief Engineer of the Croton Aqueduct who modeled it after the great aqueducts of the Roman Empire. The bridge remained in use for the Croton system until 1955 and its deck remained in use as a pedestrian bridge until the 1970’s when it was closed due to vandalism. The city began restoring the bridge in 2012.