Thursday June 20 at 6:30 p.m.
In 1874 NYC annexed the towns of Morrisania, West Farms, and Kingsbridge, and they became the city’s twenty-third and twenty-fourth wards. The villages developed near railroad stations that connected them with NYC, and their German and Irish immigrant populations grew rapidly. Since the Croton Aqueduct’s capacity for supplying water was already at maximum by the 1870s, NYC built the Bronx River System in 1889 to supply water for this growing population. The new waterworks dammed the Bronx & Byram Rivers in Valhalla and stored the water in the Kensico Reservoir which was then piped to the Williamsbridge Reservoir in the Bronx.
Find out the rest of the story – the reservoir’s closing, graft and see the original reservoir keeper’s house by joining Bronx native Stephen DeVillo as he leads a walking tour around the Willamsbridge Oval exploring the sometimes curious history of the Williamsbridge Reservoir and its surrounding area.
Landmarks Committee Report on the Keepers House at the Williamsbridge Reservoir