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State crews under the direction of trail manager Steve Oakes did a wonderful job this summer re-creating the Aqueduct trail in the short but important section between Lamartine Ave. and Bishop William J. Walls Place in Yonkers. It looks like it's always been there. It takes literally 3 minutes to walk the segment.

I recently went to see it; it's 15 minutes or less driving time straight south on Warburton Ave. from Hastings; then turn left onto Lamartine and park on that block. The segment is best seen now or soon, while the trees are still fully leafed out.

Walking south, after you get through the church-school parking lot you'll come to the new trail - a generously wide footpath, packed earth with stone dust and with green borders on either side now that the grass has grown in. As you pass through the new fencing, there is a small but nicely framed view of the Hudson and Palisades. 

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Long-Closed Aqueduct Stairway Replaced by New Path in Van Cortlandt Park
 

Christina Taylor, Executive Director of Friends of Van Cortlandt Park, reports the welcome news that the southern end of the Old Croton Aqueduct path within the park is now open.  In the past a stairway brought those walking the Aqueduct next to I-87 (the Major Deegan Expressway) downhill to just north of the Van Cortlandt Park Golf House.  The old stairs, which had fallen into hazardous disrepair and were closed for several years, have now been removed and replaced with an ADA-accessible path, allowing walkers to safely reach the Golf House once again.  The new path was installed as part of a State Department of Transportation project replacing a section of I-87.  

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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.

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Walks to and from the New Croton Dam and Croton Gorge County Park just became a lot more convenient, thanks to a handsome flight of steps built by a Briarcliff Manor Eagle Scout. Drive to the entrance (green sign) of the Town of Ossining’s Gerlach Park on Old Albany Post Road. Bear left to the north end and park in the large asphalt area at the base of the new steps. These take you to the Aqueduct, which adjoins the park. This area is north of the GE campus. It’s about 2.5 miles to the dam. Thank you Ossining and Scout!

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Member Stephen DeVillo (center in the photo, with Ellie Carren and Matt Malina) led the Friends' first circumnavigation of 94-acre Jerome Park Reservoir on May 23. Lively commentary focused on the Croton system and interesting history of the surrounding neighborhoods. The beautiful allee of trees in the photo is in Fort Independence Park at the reservoir's north end. The fort that once stood here was sited by George Washington (see plaque).

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