A view of New York’s oldest and loveliest bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge is a beauty, yes, but for architectural grace and historical enchantment (and as a place for long late-night walks, as Edgar Allan Poe discovered), you just can’t beat High Bridge—the 1848 span built to bring city residents fresh water from the Croton Reservoir upstate.

Standing 84 feet above the Harlem River, the High Bridge’s 15 arches were an elegant sight for people on ships below or on the Bronx or Manhattan side above.

A pedestrian walkway was added in the 1860s—and it’s open again after being closed to the public for 40 years.

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11 Responses to “A view of New York’s oldest and loveliest bridge”

  1. Joly MacFie Says:

    To see exactly where this is I had to look it up on Google Maps – http://bit.ly/highbridgeharlem

  2. ksbeth Says:

    lovely –

  3. Susan at FindingNYC Says:

    I haven’t yet made it there since the bridge reopened to pedestrians – this post reminded me that I should! It really is a lovely bridge.

  4. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    You must go! It’s truly stunning, the bridge itself and the view high above the Harlem River. It’s off the beaten path for most Manhattanites but perfectly safe.

  5. Margie Says:

    I love all the beautiful architecture that New York City has to offer.. There is so much beauty in the city… would love to take a walk across the bridge next next time I visit NYC…

  6. Zoe Says:

    Really want to go. Thanks for this Phem. I read a long piece about it somewhere awhile ago re. the water supply. xx

  7. David H Lippman Says:

    My father walked over this bridge when he was a kid. Now that it’s re-opened, I want to walk over it with my daughter and complete the circle.

  8. elizabeth powers Says:

    Lovely site. Thanks for all the efforts you make.

  9. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Thank you for reading!

  10. Beth Says:

    Most of those lovely arches were removed and replaced with one steel arch so as to accommodate larger vessels moving on the river. It’s unfortunate but was necessary.

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