NYC H2O: Old NYC Water Supply Walk

NYC H2O: Old NYC Water Supply Walk

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 6:30pm


The City's earliest quests for clean and reliable water started in Lower Manhattan. Come walk that history and see how the City's rapid expansion eventually spurred building the much-needed Croton System. We begin our walking tour at the City Hall Park fountain where we will learn about the New York City's initial efforts to provide pure, reliable water to its citizens. The original fountain was the center piece for the 1842 celebration for the opening of the Croton Aqueduct. We will also visit:

The site of the failed attempt by Christopher Colles to create a water supply system in 1776
Wells and reservoirs created by Aaron Burr's Manhattan Company
The Tea Water Pump which was fed by one of the springs that supplied the Fresh Water (Collect Pond). Here we will see the "ghosts" of the hills that surrounded the Collect Pond and briefly discuss geological aspects of spring, streams and lakes.

Sidney Horenstein is a geologist and environmental educator emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History. He is co-author of Concrete Jungle (UC Press), a book about New York City and a sustainable future.

Light rain we walk. Heavy rain postpones til July 21 at 6:30 pm.