Thursday June 11 at 6:30pm
The City’s earliest quests for clean and reliable water started in Lower Manhattan. Come walk that earlier history and see how the City’s rapid expansion eventually spurred building the much-needed Croton System. Starting at the southern tip of Manhattan Island and New Amsterdam, our walk takes us through the successive development stages of the City’s water supply. We visit old springs and wells, the Collect Pond, and then progress to the site of the notorious Manhattan Company whose job it was to ostensibly supply the City with clean water. We end with the opening of the Croton Aqueduct.
Sidney Horenstein is a geologist and environmental educator emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History. He is co-author of recently published Concrete Jungle (UC Press) a book about New York City and our last best hope for a sustainable future.