Current and Upcoming Events

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 - 10:00am
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Free, open-air, 4-mile (total) loop walk beginning and ending (where we will meet) at the Hastings Historical Society in Draper Park, entrance is 407 Broadway, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. (see sketch below)

Learn the history of this former marble quarry, which operated along (and under!) the Aqueduct. View the restoration of the site as a park with Hudson River views.

Required: pre-registration (limited number); masks, and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate.

Saturday, August 20, 2022 - 1:00pm
Presenter: 
NYC Parks

Meet at Water Tower Plaza (enter at 174th/Amsterdam and head east to the tower)

Urban Park Rangers discuss the significance and history of this recently restored structure. Learn about the impact of the 1872 Highbridge Water Tower on the development of uptown and NYC!

Thursday, August 25, 2022 - 4:30pm
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Meet at the benches in front of the Joseph Caputo Center, which is located at 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave. (Rte. 133) (from Metro-North Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute uphill walk). (Parking lots nearby) After a brief walk, descend into the Weir in Ossining and explore the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history. Less than a half mile and two hours.

Required: pre-registration (limited number); masks, and social distancing.

Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate.

Saturday, September 10, 2022 - 10:00am
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Free (but $10 parking fee), easy, 2 miles/2 hours (total) loop hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the rear (south end) of the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte.129, Cortlandt, NY. 10567, GPS Coordinates: 41°13′34” N 73°51′21” W. The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply fresh water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.).

Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks; and social distancing.

Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate.

Sunday, September 11, 2022 - 10:00am
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Free, easy, 2-hour tour. Meet at the benches in front of the Joseph Caputo Center, which is located at 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave. (Rte. 133) (from Metro-North Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute uphill walk). After a brief walk, descend into the Weir in Ossining and explore the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history.

Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks, and social distancing.

Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate.

Monday, September 12, 2022 - 10:00am
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Free, easy loop beginning and ending at Dows Lane in Irvington. Enjoy the mostly level, shaded walk in one of the most storied sections of the Aqueduct. Learn about the remarkable Villa Lewaro, the estate of Madam CJ Walker, the African-American entrepreneur who was America’s first female self-made millionaire. Walk the grounds of Lyndhurst Castle, country home of notorious robber baron Jay Gould and location site for HBO’s “The Gilded Age.” Take in the Hudson River views on the Riverwalk where we will see a lovely waterfall.

Along the way, we will talk about the Washington Irving connection with Irvington, the history of the Aqueduct as well as the current and the future state of Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park. At the end of the walk, join us for an optional glimpse of the unique Armour-Stiner Octagon House. Tickets for a tour of the Octagon House can be purchased separately on their website: Octagon House

Four miles total, the walk is approximately 2.5 hours. There is a short hill at Lyndhurst, otherwise the walk is level.

Meet on the Aqueduct at Dows Lane, Irvington at 10:00 am.

Directions - Dows Lane is west of Route 9/Broadway in Irvington. (GPS to 50-100 Dows Ln, Irvington, NY 10533). Parking is along the tennis courts which you will see to your right as soon as you enter Dows Lane. There is additional parking at Dows Lane School, a short distance down the road. The Metro-North Hudson Line stops at Irvington. From the train station, walk up the hill on Main Street to Aqueduct Lane, turn right on the Aqueduct and walk .4 miles to our meeting point.

Required: pre-registration (limited number). Masks are optional but social distancing is encouraged. Walk will be rescheduled in the event of rain.

Saturday, September 17, 2022 - 12:00pm
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Free, easy, open-air, walk beginning at the SE corner of St. Nicholas Avenue & W. 155th Street in Manhattan and ending at the Manhattan (Western) end of the High Bridge near W. 174th Street & Amsterdam Ave. We will walk to the High Bridge along the Aqueduct trail, learning history along the way, with an archeological focus. Take in panoramic views of the Harlem River, The Bronx and Manhattan. Marvel at the engineering feat completed in 1848. Learn about the origin of NYC’s water system. After touring the High Bridge, you may wish to take an optional public tour of the High Bridge Water Tower at the Western end of the High Bridge. Bring water & snacks & wear sturdy shoes.

Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks, and social distancing.

Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - 11:00am
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Uncover hidden clues to the Aqueduct in Central Park and discover links between the aqueduct's presence and the park's design. Meet in front of the Central Park Tennis House in Central Park. From the southeast corner of 96th St. and Central Park West, walk east in the park until you see the tennis courts on your left. Walk around the tennis courts to the tennis house. (Locate the tennis house on Google Maps.) We will end the walk at Central Park West and W. 81st Street. (Public restrooms available at the beginning and end of the walk.)

For this two-hour walk, wear comfortable shoes and bring water. Required: pre-registration (limited number)

Image: Christopher Payne
Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 3:30pm
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Free, easy, 2-hour tour. Meet at the benches in front of the Joseph Caputo Center, which is located at 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave. (Rte. 133) (from Metro-North Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute uphill walk). (Parking lots nearby) After a brief walk, descend into the Weir in Ossining and explore the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history.

Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks, and social distancing.

Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate.

Saturday, September 24, 2022 - 11:00am
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Free, easy, 2-hour tour. Meet at the benches in front of the Joseph Caputo Center, which is located at 95 Broadway, Ossining, NY 10562, just west of Rte. 9/Highland Ave. at the junction of Croton Ave. (Rte. 133) (from Metro-North Ossining Train Station by taxi or 15-minute uphill walk). (Parking lots nearby) After a brief walk, descend into the Weir in Ossining and explore the original 1842 brick water tunnel and learn its history.

Required: pre-registration (limited number); bring masks, and social distancing.

Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate.