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SUNDAY APRIL 23, 2PM

The story of Burr’s maneuverings to found a bank (now JP Morgan Chase) by pretending to meet New York City’s urgent need for clean water is one of the more colorful sidebars of our water supply history. In this 175th anniversary year of the Old Croton Aqueduct, learn how Burr pulled it off, Alexander Hamilton’s ambiguous role, and the consequences of Burr’s ruse for the emerging metropolis.

GERARD KOEPPEL has written widely about aspects of New York history and infrastructure and is a popular speaker and panelist on these topics. His books include the highly regarded account of the Old Croton Aqueduct, Water for Gotham: A History, and, most recently, City on a Grid: How New York Became New York.

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FOCAAdmin
  • Do you love the Old Croton Aqueduct?
  • Do you live in Hastings, Dobbs Ferry or Irvington?
  • Can you spare a few hours a week to learn and use marketable skills?
  • Are you self-motivated and eager to commit to taking on a new project?
  • Perhaps you have just retired or you are a young mother getting ready to return to the workforce.
  • Are you interested in learning how to blog or how to manage a constituent relationship database?

The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct is looking for someone to take over responsibility for online outreach.

You will solicit weekly blog entries from board members and other OCA enthusiasts. You will promote these blog entries on social media.

You will prepare and send out EBlasts using iContact.

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FOCAAdmin

As of now, we have 29 people who have earned certificates and patches from the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct’s Milers Program

And there are quite a few others who are “working on it.”  Some of these milers  have become some of our most active docents.  

One of them said to us that she and her husband “fell in love” with the trail as they earned their patches.  Being a docent is a way to share that love.

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FOCAAdmin

Have you stopped by the Keeper's House recently?

We have two new displays!

One is an audio program about the Catskill Water system, with stories from the point of view of its builders and surrounding landowners.

The other is an interactive map of the Westchester portion of the Old Croton Aqueduct with pop-up details about points of interest along the trail.

Visit us Saturdays and Sundays 10am-4pm.

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FOCAAdmin

Friends member and avid trail walked Carlos Gee has an excellent blog, SCENES FROM THE TRAIL, where he provides heavily-illustrated guides to his walks in the new York and New Jersey region. He was kind enough to allow us to copy his walks onto this website, so you can follow along on his adventure to walk the entire length of the Westchester section of the Old Croton Aqueduct trail (and earn a patch in the process.

You can view his reports HERE

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FOCAAdmin

From the DEP of New York:

We are excited to announce the launch of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s 31st annual Water Resources Art & Poetry Contest. Second through twelfth grade students attending New York City and East or West of Hudson Watershed public, independent, charter or parochial schools or home-schooled students are invited to create original art and compose poetry that reflect an appreciation for our shared water resources. Entries will be accepted online from now until Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

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Anonymous

The Friends invited our wonderful, hard-working Keeper's House docents to a private tour of Philipse Manor Hall during the holidays. And, since we like exploring Yonkers, we added on lunch at the locally famous Cuban restaurant La Bella Havana! Sixteen docents and board members socialized and took the fascinating tour. Our New York State Parks guide Robert A Lee, a descendant of General Robert E Lee (!), then took us outside for an impromptu walk through the newest Saw Mill River Daylighting park! Rushing water and rocky banks are clearly visible, underneath buildings, from a clever boardwalk through downtown Yonkers! What a gem the city has created. We all had a lovely afternoon.

Happy Holidays

- Lesley Waltner

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FOCAAdmin

Parks and Trails New York, a generous funder of the Keeper's House Restoration project, has featured our efforts in their member newsletter, Green Space. Thank you for all your do for us, PTNY!

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Mavis Cain

“ I haven’t had so much fun in years”

That's what one of our new docents said after serving as guide/docent on our weekend Open Days at the Keepers House. He admitted he signed up out of duty since he loves the trail, then discovered what fun it is meeting people from all over the world... Yes, all over the world!

We have had a group from Croatia, five visitors from Germany, and two Quebeqois, among others. Even one Icelander.

Many many come from Brooklyn – even more than Manhattan. It’s as if there is an Aqueduct spirit there. Some take Metro North to stations like Greystone and of course Dobbs Ferry, two stations that are near the trail. Some hardy walkers have done it all on foot.

I have asked visitors from abroad how they find out about us. Some say, “ We Google interesting walks near NYC... and up pops the Aqueduct.”

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FOCAAdmin

This is an excerpt from an article in the upcoming NEWSLETTER
To read the full article, please become a member.

May 2016: Fifth Annual I Love My Park Day (ILMPD) on the OCA

56 volunteers worked for a total of 225 hours on 1.5 miles of the northern section of the trail in which numerous invasive plants and bushes were removed and chipped and/or mowed; 25 bags of garlic mustard pulled and a small truck load of large items of trash were removed from a hillside. 10 valuable native trees were preserved by removing invasive vines from them and a historic stone wall was cleared of invasive plants and then repaired and completely restored.

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