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A visit to the High Bridge combines well with a visit to two adjacent Bronx sites of architectural, historic, and scenic interest, about a 25-30 minute walk from the Bronx end of the bridge.

Today’s NY Times delivers the good news that a group has formed to raise funds to restore Gould Memorial Library the Stanford White 1899 domed beauty on the campus of Bronx Community College. The article title, “An Opulent Bronx Library in Decay, and in Search of a Purpose,” by David Dunlap, sums up the story.

The Hall of Fame for Great Americans, only alluded to in the article, is equally of interest. Its entrance is close to the library. This outdoor curved colonnade features bronze busts of nearly 100 American achievers, a selection reflecting the judgment of its 1901 era. The site is marvelous, overlooking the Harlem Valley.

Bronx Community College (on the former NYU campus) is at 2155 University Ave. (181st St.). Gould Memorial Library and the Hall of Fame are features no. 17 and 18 on the Friends’ map of the Old Croton Aqueduct in New York City. -

by Shaun T. Gorman

Apparently, no one got the message that Sunday was a day of rest....

A long Sunday walk on the autumnal OCA trail in Yonkers yielded a pair of surprises! What's this? A crew repairing the masonry on the famous "lion's gate"?
We were tickled to see a half dozen men diligently cutting, fitting, and mortaring the curious west entrance gate of the Untermyer Gardens, using the pink and gray granite that defines so much of Westchester County. I wondered, if these men are working on the headless horse, could they be the headless horse men I've heard so much about? Or is it a unicorn, as Mavis Cain believes? Hmmm, more research is needed....

Not more than a half mile north, we came upon another happy crew constructing a new stair connection to the Lenoir Preserve trail system. They called themselves the "Jolly Rovers" and are a recently organized group of volunteers committed to perpetuating the traditional methods of stone masonry. It seemed like there was nowhere they would rather be than working on the trail on a sunny Sunday in Yonkers. They took five to gather and commemorate the moment with a group shot. Check out the link to their website below.

If you didn't already know, Lenoir is a 40 acre gem of the county parks system. It boasts an unusual selection of trees and is a fave haunt of local birders. The butterfly & hummingbird garden is maintained by the Hudson River Audubon Society.

We sense the ever-growing interest in the OCA and hope to accelerate the beautification of the trail within the borders of our beloved Yonkville.

The Jolly Rover's homepage:


The section of the trail between Palisade Avenue and Summit Street on the east-west part of the Aqueduct in Yonkers is closed until further notice. This is due to the mudslide that occurred on March 11, 2015. That section is now fenced and inaccessible to trail users.