Thursday, June 7 at 6:30 PM
Until the 20th century, Tibbetts Brook ran above ground through the Bronx. Van Cortland Park’s pond was originally constructed as a mill pond along Tibbetts Brook by Jacobus van Cortlandt in 1699. South of the park, the old stream flows into a magnificent sewer tunnel that runs underneath Broadway in the Bronx. The NY parks department and the DEP have considered “daylighting” historic streams in NYC to take them out of sewers, and Tibbetts Brook will probably be the first of the city’s many ancient and forgotten streams to once again see the light of day.
We will meet at the entrance of the park at 242nd street and Broadway, and head south to the Marble Hill Subway station, near where Tibbetts Brook once flowed into the old Spuyten Duyvel station.
For this group exploration with Steve Duncan, come with your knowledge of NY history and a bright flashlight if you have one. We will not go underground but we will look down manhole covers along the way to try to catch a glimpse of the brook.