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Dionisio Cortes Ortega, a NYS Registered Architect, has created a sculpture entitled Croton Arch of Triumph (Croton Arch of Triumph), which can be found at the Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, It is a monument to the Old Croton Aqueduct System. In her words, "The inspiration for the sculpture came from a book that Kevin Bone, a professor and architect from The Cooper Union, wrote called Water Works. The book has a great account of the entire NYC water system history.”

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FOCAAdmin

Fall offers us some of New York’s best weather. It is also a fine season to visit the High Bridge, the centerpiece of the original (“Old”) Croton Aqueduct, completed in 1848 and today the city’s oldest bridge. The High Bridge carried pure, plentiful Croton River water — the beginning of the city’s world-famed water supply — from the mainland, across the Harlem River, to Manhattan Island at a time when New York City existed only at the south tip of the island. The water pipes are still there, beneath the bridge’s deck where visitors stroll.

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FOCAAdmin

Aqueduct Trail lovers show their appreciation for the trail’s respite from the Pandemic lockdown at Ventilator 19

Croton Dam Inspection 2020, photo: Tom Tarnowsky
Croton Dam Inspection 2020, photo: Tom Tarnowsky
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FOCAAdmin

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection closed the public walkway atop New Croton Dam for five days earlier this month, creating a safe work zone for an inspection of the dam.

The closure allowed a team of rope-access technicians to rappell down the face of the dam and inspect the stones that were used to build the structure 115 years ago. It was the largest dam in the world when it was completed in 1905.

Croton Dam plaque photo by Daniel Chazin
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FOCAAdmin

Friend Daniel Chazin writes: "Today, I visited the massive Croton Dam in Westchester County. On the roadway across the dam, there is a plaque to commemorate its construction. I was appalled to discover that, in the fifth line, the word "height" is misspelled. One would think that in preparing such a lasting memorial, greater care would have been taken to ensure that all words were correctly spelled. I sure hope that greater care was used in the actual construction of the dam!"

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