michellepollack  Jul.02.2024


On June 27th our docents and Board Members gathered at the Keeper’s House to celebrate the designation of the first Scenic Landmark in The Bronx -- Aqueduct Walk -- by the New York City Landmarks Commission.

Scenic Landmarks are outdoor sites in New York City which have a special character and historic or aesthetic interest. There are currently 12 Scenic Landmarks in New York City but Aqueduct Walk is the first in the Bronx. Its designation on April 16th, 2024 comes 50 years to the day from that of the first Scenic Landmark, Central Park, which was designated on April 16th, 1974.

The Aqueduct Walk is a 4.9 acre linear park along Aqueduct Avenue between West Kingsbridge Road and West Burnside Avenue. It features a public walkway built on top of the Old Croton Aqueduct and has long been a beloved park and gathering spot for the west Bronx community.

Sarah Eccles from the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission delivers a lecture to FOCA members

The Friends, whose mission to promote and protect the Old Croton Aqueduct encompasses the sections in the Bronx and Manhattan, welcomed Sarah Eccles, a researcher with the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, to speak on the history and current status of the landmarked section in the Bronx.

Sarah Eccles, of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Committee with Keith Doherty and Robert Kornfeld.

A private reception provided an opportunity for The Friends’ historians and docents to chat with Sarah and share insights over wine and cheese. We were joined by several Bronxites including Roger McCormack, the Director of Education for the Bronx County Historical Society. Sarah’s lecture was fascinating and a welcome introduction to the Aqueduct in the Bronx for many of our Westchester members.

Don’t forget to visit Aqueduct Walk on your next adventure in the Bronx!

Map of Aqueduct Walk Scenic Landmark

Download the Designation Report (6MB)