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FOCAAdmin

The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct present an important new exhibit at the Keeper’s House. 

THE TUNNEL: A PASSAGE THROUGH HISTORY

It answers  the question, “ How did the engineering miracle of the Aqueduct actually happen 175 years ago?”

Early engineering drawings and plans and how they evolved  will be highlighted and explained by Architect/engineer, Robert Kornfeld at  the opening reception on December 16, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

The event and the exhibit is of particular interest to those who know the importance  of STEM ( science, technology, engineering and math ) in our schools.

But all who love the Aqueduct and are proud to have a National Historic Landtmark in the neighborhood will be intrigued with the personalities and credentials of the brilliant people who made it happen. 

 

Contact for information:   Mavis Cain.  914 693 0529.

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FOCAAdmin

On July 15 the Friends participated in New York State’s Invasive Species Awareness Week by hosting a workshop on Invasive Species at the Keeper’s House.   Workshop leaders Diane Alden and Daria Gregg have participated in surveying the entire Westchester section of the Aqueduct trail, are Wildflower Guides at Teatown and have adopted sections of the Aqueduct near their homes where they have been working for many years to control invasive plants and to do restoration planting with native species.  Diane is an amateur naturalist and Daria is a Citizen Scientist at the NY Botanical Garden.  

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FOCAAdmin

Have you have ever asked “where does the trail go now?"

Here’s good news.

The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct commissioned these five informative, helpful signs to be put in places that have had walkers mystified.  Places like the exit from Lyndhurst – smack on to Route 9 in Tarrytown, that has had walkers asking, “ Now what?" 

The connection between trail sections at 119 and Gracemere, where the Thruway intervenes, has been a long-term problem. In Scarborough, where the trail crosses Rte. 9, the enlargement of this section of our map should be most helpful to the walker.

These 5 very visible signs are thanks to the persistent efforts of Sara Kelsey, Katharine Gates and Charlotte Fahn, guided by cartographer Robert Romagnoli and of course Historic Site Manager, Steven Oakes.

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

The Friends are thrilled with the wonderful coverage about the Aqueduct in the Journal News last Sunday.

In addition to a lengthy article HERE, there's a lovely video and a piece listing favorite spots on the trail.

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FOCAAdmin

They weren’t lazy at all on July 8.  

This wonderully diverse group of Manhattanites, a Meetup group called "Hiking for Lazy People" call themselves lazy.  No way!  On Sunday they walked 13 miles on the Aqueduct trail. When they arrived at the Keeper’s House they were ready for a rest, some water and toilet facilities. Then they sat still for a talk by Mavis Cain that gave them a 15 minute breather and answers to their very astute questions.

They have plans to walk the the entire  26 mile trail.  And maybe they’ll even do the 41 mile walk down to  what was the major reservoir at 42nd street. We hope they come back soon.

 

 

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FOCAAdmin

The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct (FOCA) congratulate the volunteers for their hard work, energy, enthusiasm and spirit of collaboration. There were one hundred and five people who showed up to help for the seventh annual I Love My Park Day on May 5, 2018! An extra special thanks to those who volunteered more than once and a very warm welcome to those who participated for the first time.


Photo credit: John and Lynn Salmon

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FOCAAdmin

On Sunday afternoon, June 3rd, Cornelia Cotton, long time member of the Friends shared with a standing room only audience her own perspective of the story of the Old Croton Aqueduct.  

Cornelia grew up in Germany in a family of artists and musicians.  Her father, a violinist, played in a string quartet with the great painter, Paul Klee, an excellent musician.  When Cornelia immigrated to the U.S., she brought her love of the arts with her, which she shared with her husband, Bill Cotton.  After the couple settled in Croton, they raised three daughters and built their house, which they designed themselves and built with their own hands.  

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FOCAAdmin

Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct stalwarts Mavis Cain, Eddie Jabbour, Michael Ambrozek and Angelica Campoverde braved a chill, drizzly day to represent the Friends at the May 12 “Highbridge Rocks Community Festival” in Manhattan's Highbridge Park, organized by NYC Parks & Recreation. Our contingent took turns introducing local residents to the Aqueduct story at the Friends' table or leading walks on the High Bridge and the area near the fabled Coogan's Bluff. Many local residents were totally unaware of the Aqueduct trail and its link with the bridge. The park's geology was a feature of the event, which launched bouldering as one of the park's activities.

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FOCAAdmin

On April 21st, Chris Mai and partner Frank Mamo completed the 41 mile Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, running the full length from The New York Public Library to the Croton Dam in 9 hours.

Every year, the couple runs a New York themed ultramarathon for fun. "Last year we ran from Inwood Park to Coney Island, one year we ran the perimeter of Manhattan, this year we decided to try the OCA," said Mai.

The tradition started as a way to experience New York's diverse neighborhoods and long history. "The OCA is a great trail. Passing through Upper Manahttan and the Bronx, running  in the woods in Westchester County, and seeing the communities along the Hudson River, you really come across every walk of life," said Mamo.

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HubertHerring

Before a packed crowd at the Friends’ annual meeting on April 29, Adam Bosch, a spokesman for the New York City DEP and a natural storyteller, gave a fascinating overview of the city’s water supply, with an up-close look at a huge repair project now underway: tunneling, yet again, under the Hudson to create a bypass so that a leaky tunnel can be closed off. His vivid presentation offered many memorable images, especially of the giant space-age machines boring that tunnel.

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