Jan 31, 2014 at 7 pm
In the 19th century Brooklyn was the third largest city in the US behind New York and Philadelphia. A network of reservoirs and wells was built to supply its residents with water and reached out to eastern Long Island. Still the quantity and quality of water could not keep up with the growing demand. The situation grew so severe that assuring access to a water supply played a major role in the Brooklyn decision to consolidate with Manhattan into NYC in 1899.
Join NYC H2O as Jeffrey Kroessler, PhD recounts the challenges and legacy of the Old Brooklyn Waterworks.
Dr. Kroessler is an associate professor in the Lloyd Sealy Library at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is the author of New York, Year by Year and The Greater New York Sports Chronology, and has published articles on the history of the New York and Brooklyn water systems.