Wednesday, November 26, 2008

21 Bridges

...link Manhattan to the world. This includes 4 rail-only bridges and one closed-down bridge, pictured left, Highbridge, which is Manhattan's oldest surviving bridge, built in 1848!

This 120 foot bridge links the Manhattan at West 173rd St to the Bronx, and was originally built as part of the Croton Aqueduct, which carried water from the Croton River to the thirsty urb until 1917.

I just learned the bridge will reopen to pedestrians in 2009 after a $20 million renovation in complete, making the bridge safe again.

15 of Manhattan's 21 bridges cross the Harlem River between Manhattan and the Bronx. Four cross the East River, and you can all name those, and only one, the GWB, links Manhattan's western shore to New Jersey across the Hudson. I first learned of the Harlem River bridges decades ago on the Circle Line.. I hope one day to see some of them in person...

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