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Highbridge Park, A Place That Matters

Highbridge Park, in Washington Heights, Manhattan and a bit of the Bronx.

Highbridge Park covers about 119 of the more than 500 acres of city parkland north of 155th St. in Manhattan. It’s also the site of several much-loved and officially designated landmarks: the High Bridge itself (1848, the city’s oldest standing bridge), the Water Tower (1872), and the High Bridge Pool and Play Center (1936, one of the 11 giant pools that Robert Moses built). Pedestrians used to cross the High Bridge from the Bronx into Manhattan, but more importantly, so did our water–as part of the Croton Aqueduct system. In 2009 or so, the bridge once again will be open to walkers, and the park, too, has been receiving needed badly-needed repairs. Contributed by Breanne Scanlon.