Author: 
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.”

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

This is an excerpt from an article in the upcoming NEWSLETTER
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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.

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

Due to the popularity of our V-Neck fitted T-shirts, we have ordered a whole selection of new colors. Plus we added a lovely light heathered blue to our standard Ts. Time to stock up!

TO SEE ALL OF OUR T-SHIRTS GO HERE

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

Our 2016 Annual Meeting speaker, Diane Galusha, has just published an expended edition of her informative book, Liquid Assets: A History of New York City's Water System, which covers the Old Croton Aqueduct, New Croton Aqueduct and Delaware system.

Essential reading for anyone interested in this subject!

You can order it and pay via Paypal at: http://liquidassetsbook.com

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

James Bremner ( aka Friends VP, Bob Kornfeld ) welcomed the community to the beautiful house where he lived from the mid 1800s to his death in 1872.

On a sunny June afternoon Keeper James Bremner told of his duties as keeper of this section of the Aqueduct, how he kept the water flowing as it traveled from the Croton Dam to the final reservoir at 42nd street. Maybe he anticipated that his home would one day be a National Historic Landmark making the entire community swell with pride.

Of course he might not have recognized his old home after the beautiful rehabilitation work stimulated and financed by the Friends and documented photographically by Tom Tarnowsky and Elisa Zazzera.