Walks and Tours

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 10:00am

Easy 2-mile hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam.  Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY 10567. The leader of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Aqueduct Trail.  The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply water to a thirsty New York City. (From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.) Inquiries:  Aram Aslanian-Persico, aram.dap@gmail.com or call/text 949-258-7016.


Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 10:00am

Meet at the Highbridge Recreation Center on Amsterdam Ave. at 173 Street in Manhattan, a short walk from #1 (Note: 168th St. #1 Stn is  closed.) and A subway stations. Washington Heights near the High Bridge deserves more attention, especially now that the gleaming bridge beckons day-trippers once more. Let’s take a long walk that starts by crossing the Harlem River via the High Bridge. You will hear the tale of the Old Croton Aqueduct then wind back to the gorgeous Jumel Terrace Historic District, Trinity Cemetery (resting place of Ed Koch and John James Audubon), and to hidden Audubon Terrace. Along the way we pay homage to Paul Robeson, jazz greats like Lena Horne, the indomitable Eliza Jumel and to NY baseball. Be prepared for many stairs and up to 4 hours of hilly walking (4.5 miles). (Metro North Hudson Line riders must make elevated subway transfer at Marble Hill.) Bring snacks, drinks. Heavy rain cancels. Inquiries: text only to Lesley Walter, 914-671-7112.