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Oh frabjous day, calloo, callay! The long awaited opening of the Aqueduct High Bridge has happened!

I can’t help quoting Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky since I often remind youngsters about Alice in Wonderland who, when she saw a little bottle that said “Drink me”, she did just that–and got very very big. That’s what Croton Water did for the city, it made it very very big.

The High Bridge was the last installment in the 11-year project that brought Croton Water to the thirsty city. Many forget that the High Bridge is part of the Old Croton Aqueduct. It is of special interest to all our members.

Charlotte Fahn, who got a special mention and thanks from the speakers, was invited to attend this special opening event. Mavis Cain, Bob Kornfeld and Tom Tarnowsky tagged along, with Bob giving interviews when asked by reporters.

We are all so proud of Charlotte and Bob who worked so hard to help make it happen.

The next Grand Opening will be the Keeper’s House

-- Mavis Cain

CLICK FOR DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO ACCESS THE BRIDGE FROM THE BRONX AND MANHATTAN

CLICK FOR A PHOTO ALBUM OF THE OPENING EVENT


At the beginning of June, without fanfare, the long awaited stairway to and from the Quarry Trail to Warburton Avenue opened!

Now, anyone on the Aqueduct Trail can walk down Quarry Trail and walk up the stairs to Warburton Avenue. Close by is Antoinette’s Patisserie, a Hasting’s favorite for its own brand of coffee, pastries and gelato. Also across the street from Antoinette’s is a shady park which is open to the public.

Those familiar with the Quarry Trail know that it is currently only half complete, but, nevertheless passes via tunnels underneath the Aqueduct and Warburton Avenue before coming to an end. Some refer to it as the “trail to nowhere”, but the Village of Hastings will complete the trail down to Railroad Street when an approved state grant is funded.

In the future, the old marble quarry to the east, and adjacent to, the OCA and Quarry Trails will be converted into a natural-setting park. The design has been completed and when sufficient funding is found the closed up quarry property will be re-purposed into a 5 acre park with easy access from the Aqueduct Trail and Draper Park.


CLOSURE ON TRAIL IN YONKERS

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.