Quenching Gotham’s Thirst: (A Sip) of New York’s Water History

Janes Walk


Led By Daniel Pecoraro

This tour is an exploration of the most important, but most overlooked, elements of New York’s infrastructure: the city’s hard-won water supply. We’ll start down in Lower Manhattan to look back at the earliest days of the city’s drinking water, head to midtown to examine the history of the Croton water system, and then into Brooklyn to see how water comes in, and out, of the city.

This is a preview of a larger tour in development, but is itself also pretty long! It will likely require two to three MetroCard swipes/OMNY taps.


This tour begins near the Bowling Green 4/5 and South Ferry-Whitehall Street 1/R stations, which are both accessible stations (it's also near the Staten Island Ferry and the M15 SBS bus). The tour will be part-walking (all on level streets, with the possible exception of the Pulaski Bridge), and part train or bus. The last part of the tour (the 7 from Grand Central to Hunters Point Avenue) is the only part that is not wheelchair accessible (participants needing accessible stations can change at Court Square to the G, get off at Greenpoint Avenue, and meet us at the last two spots.

Location Information

RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.


Sunday, May 7, 2023
11:00 AM
Greater than 1 hour

Borough: Multi-borough
Theme: Art & Architecture, Environment, History & Culture
Language: English
Small tankers unload on both banks of Newtown Creek. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Jim Henderson. Modifications: photo cropped.