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.
One of the most satisfying aspects of the event was forming a new friendship with two of the New York City Park Rangers who were on duty: Jill Lim and Yvonne So. Both are eager to visit part of the Aqueduct trail in Westchester and to go inside the Aqueduct itself in Ossining. We look forward to solidifying the link between all parts of the Aqueduct from the Croton Dam right down to 42nd street. -Charlotte Fahn and Mavis Cain