A Tale of Two Waterworks!

A Tale of Two Waterworks!

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - 6:00pm

Join Jeffrey Kroessler and NYC H2O for a Talk: A Tale of Two Waterworks!

The history of the water systems of New York City and the once independent City of Brooklyn is not only a story of engineering triumph, but a story about the public spirit. Clean water was essential for economic prosperity, health, sanitation, and municipal growth. When New York reached into Westchester and the Catskills for water sources, and when the City of Brooklyn tapped the Long Island aquifer, what were the environmental, economic and political factors in play? A Tale of Two Waterworks will explore the history of the two water systems, how and why they were built, how they determined the city’s future, and the story behind their unification.

Jeffrey A. Kroessler is the Interim Chief Librarian of the Lloyd Sealy Library, John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is the author of New York, Year by Year, The Greater New York Sports Chronology, and the forthcoming Sunnyside Gardens: Planning and Preservation in a Historic Garden Suburb.

This talk is presented in partnership with the Queens Museum as part of the exhibition Ridgewood Reservoir for the 21st Century. This Community Partnership exhibit is currently on display through July 31st in the Watershed Relief Map gallery. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A with attendees.

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