In honor of the 175th anniversary of the High Bridge, this month’s Virtual Parlor Chat will be a live sharing of a previous program about the Old Croton Aqueduct. The High Bridge, New York City’s oldest surviving bridge, opened as part of the Croton Aqueduct in 1848. Today, it serves as a walking bridge that connects Manhattan and the Bronx.
The Virtual Parlor Chat, which was originally recorded in August 2021, features a conversation with Leslie Walter and Tom Tarnowsky from the Friends of Old Croton Aqueduct as they discuss the creation of this 1840s engineering marvel to provide clean drinking water for a rapidly growing, disease-filled, and fire-riddled city. Find out how Eliza Jumel played a role in its creation, and discover where New York City’s drinking water comes from today!
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