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FOCAAdmin

“One of the best things about moving to Dobbs Ferry 3 years ago was discovering the Old Croton Aqueduct.” That is what Peter Soboroff said as he handed a check for $2,570 to Mavis Cain, FOCA president. The donation, raised through GoFundMe. is designated for the education project in the restored Keeper's House.

When Peter planned his second annual Father’s Day marathon run, for the New York Cat Hospital, he came up with the idea of linking with GoFundMe, thus alerting his friends and neighbors about the project, In just one month after the announcement, 33 donors gave $2,570 - some giving in gratitude for Peter’s care of their cats and some giving because they love the trail.

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FOCAAdmin

The Friends had an amazing, exhilarating day at the High Bridge Saturday, participating in the kickoff of festivities for NYC Parks' Season of the High Bridge. We had a nearly endless stream of people stopping at our table, which was well-located just next to the (98-step) stairway down to the bridge (Manhattan side), plus many who joined our walks on the bridge, which we led about every half hour. Mega-thanks to Sara, Lesley, Mavis, Bob, Carl and Tom for their stamina, cheerfulness, and dedication.

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

Public festivities on the bridge launch the Season of the High Bridge. The Friends will be "roving docents" and will lead walking tours. Visit the Friends' table - take the short paved path from Amsterdam Ave. at W. 172nd St. See directions [see directions here] and visit the NYC Parks Dept. website [ link] for more information about the event.

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FOCAAdmin

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.

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

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.