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Did you know that the New York Public Library sits atop the site where an Old Croton Aqueduct reservoir once distributed Croton River water to a thirsty NYC? That it took 5 times as many years to demolish the reservoir and build the NYPL as it took to construct the 41-mile long Old Croton Aqueduct? Back by popular demand, on Saturday we are repeating our March NYPL tour. Hear the stories and inspect old documents, maps and photographs from the NYPL's and other archives. View the underground foundation of the NYPL, with its base of Old Croton Aqueduct Distributing Reservoir stones.

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FOCAAdmin

The Friends’ first vine-cutting, invasive plant removal and trash bagging event, held on May 5th in the Quaker Bridge Road section of the Aqueduct in Cortlandt, was a smashing success. Some 35 volunteers, ages 13 to 70+, turned out for a half-day of hard work and good fellowship. All were pleased with the striking change in before-and-after conditions to show for their labors. The event was part of the first I Love My Park Day, a statewide initiative by Parks & Trails NY and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

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FOCAAdmin

Aqueduct buffs may find two reports of interest. One is the excellent final report of a Columbia University graduate preservation studio, held in the spring of 2011, during which the Friends, among many others, provided assistance. The title is The Croton Waterworks: A Guide to the Preservation and Interpretation of Historic Infrastructure. To view this 291-page illustrated report, go to
http://www.arch.columbia.edu/files/gsapp/imceshared/Croton_Book.pdf.

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FOCAAdmin

NYC Parks Department announced a start of improvements to Aqueduct Trail in Van Cortlandt Park. They have requested that visitors avoid these parts of the trail until work is completed.

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