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Sat 02 Feb
Croton Reservoir & Dam Hike
Saturday, February 2, 2019 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Easy 2-mile hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.) Inquiries: Aram Aslanian-Persico, or call/text 949-258-7016.
Sat 09 Feb
Walk the High Bridge & Explore Nearby
Saturday, February 9, 2019 10:00 AM
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
(914) 693-5259

Meet at the Highbridge Recreation Center on Amsterdam Ave. at 173 Street in Manhattan, a short walk from #1 (Note: 168ttth St. #1 Stn is closed.) and A subway stations. Washington Heights near the High Bridge deserves more attention, especially now that the gleaming bridge beckons day-trippers once more. Let’s take a long walk that starts by crossing the Harlem River via the High Bridge. You will hear the tale of the Old Croton Aqueduct then wind back to the gorgeous Jumel Terrace Historic District, Trinity Cemetery (resting place of Ed Koch and John James Audubon), and to hidden Audubon Terrace. Along the way we pay homage to Paul Robeson, jazz greats like Lena Horne, the indomitable Eliza Jumel and to NY baseball. Be prepared for many stairs and up to 4 hours of hilly walking (4.5 miles). (Metro North Hudson Line riders must make elevated subway transfer at Marble Hill.) Bring snacks, drinks. Heavy rain cancels. Inquiries: text only to Lesley Walter, 914-671-7112.