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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.  

Author: 
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.

Author: 
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.

Author: 
STGorman

Earth Day Clean-up on the OCA

For 7 billion people worldwide, Sunday was officially Earth Day.

For me and 200 others in downtown Yonkers, it was Saturday.


As yet, I have no photos. no video, no audio, no mementos.

(Ed note: See our album on Facebook HERE.

I do have memories, tho', of an urban spring day, hundreds cloistered in a small yard.

I remember people in suits speaking at a lectern, people in sweatshirts listening and clapping. Plastic tables stacked with donated food, cardboard boxes serving up semi-warm coffee, and barrels full of local good will.

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct is proud to announce the publication of the third edition of our award-winning Map & Guide to the Westchester section of the Old Croton Aqueduct.

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FOCAAdmin

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Author: 
DaveBaldwin

With the completion of the Croton Reservoir and Aqueduct in 1842 the City of New York held what had been called the largest celebration in its history. Part of that celebration included the presentation of silver medals, engraved and struck by New York City medalist Robert Lovett Sr., to individuals involved in the project and the celebration. Exactly how many were awarded is not known but they were awarded to the 17 Alderman as well as other dignitaries. And how many still exist is unknown as they appear very rarely in the numismatic marketplace. But this March I was able to obtain a silver, engraved example that had been unknown to collectors.

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joannariesman

On Sunday, October 8, the Friends hosted a party on the lawns of the Keeper's House to commemorate the October day 175 years ago when Croton water first arrived in New York City.  The rain stopped on cue, and we were able to celebrate the flow of water without any flowing over us. 

Author: 
CFahn

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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