Thursday, November 26, 2015

The High Bridge and the Park

High Bridge, New York c. 1880
Tinted Stereoview by the New York Stereoscopic Co.

Welcome to The High Bridge -- Its Past, Present & Future website.  This site connects all interested parties on exciting developments associated with The High Bridge, Highbridge Park, and the immediately surrounding area.

We are in the process of sprucing up our site and making it more presentable.  As most of you already know, the High Bridge was reopened on June 9, 2015 after about 45 years of having been closed and years of planning and reconstruction.  The adjacent Highbridge Park is also undergoing extensive refurbishment as part of the NYCPlan 2030, and the immediate neighborhood near the Park, particularly along Amsterdam and Edgecombe avenues is starting to experience a renaissance with building renovations and new commercial ventures.
With this in mind, we are now shifting gears away from the reconstruction of The High Bridge to the other improvements that will be forthcoming.  We also recognize that there will be more visitors to the bridge, the Highbridge Park, and the surrounding areas, so we will be providing more information for those who do not have familiarity with the area and its attractions. 
At present the public funding for the improvements and redevelopment effort for the Bridge and the Park have exceeded $100 Million. On Jan. 11, 2013 Mayor Michael Bloomberg broke ground on the construction phase of the plan for the redevelopment of the High Bridge and the cost of reopening the bridge has been publicized at $61.8 Million.

On June 9, 2015, the official reopening ceremony of the High Bridge occurred. (Please see the specific posts for this event).  On July 25, 2015 the High Bridge Festival celebrating the reopening of the High Bridge occurred.

There are many other activities progressing simultaneously with the redevelopment of the High Bridge. This web site focuses on the developments in and immediately adjacent to The High Bridge and Highbridge Park.  Please make sure to scroll down to see previous posts on new and exciting developments.

It is our belief that with this site we can foster an appreciation of the past, an understanding of the present and a catalyst for the development of the future needs of this immediate area.

Hopefully, we will find common ground to dramatically improve the buildings, the retail establishments and the quality of life in such a way as to compliment the redevelopment effort associated with the High Bridge and High Bridge Park and make this area a destination for more of the millions of residents of New York City and some of the more than tens of millions of visitors who come to New York City each year.

Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, Sept 6, 1879

Please contact us and let us know if you have any interests in participating as a contributor, volunteer, or merely to coordinate with your community organization, or even if you are just an interested neighborhood resident. If you want to contribute to the site with any comments please feel free to do so.

Organizationally, we have been adding information to each page as it is appropriate.  You should return to pages on a regular and frequent basis to catch up on latest developments on each topic.  We have also provided for reader feedback at the bottom of each topic.

There are over 100 posts with information and pictures on all sorts of topics. Information about the history of the High Bridge and the building of the aqueduct, articles about what is going on right now, and articles about the future changes that we all hope will come to the High Bridge, the park, and the surrounding neighborhoods. Please click on the Area of Interest on the right and a whole host of topics will present themselves. Or, you may scroll through the archive of articles on the right to find and article of interest to you. Or, you may also search by keyword in the box provided at the right above the archive listings. Or, you may just scroll down and look at the articles in chronological order going backward in time.

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last modified 7/28/2015

The New York Restoration Project has made good on its green-space promise

The New York Restoration Project has made good on its green-space promise
The Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse at Swindler Cove park was introduced as part of Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project in 2004. Andrew H Walker / Getty Images

In an article in The National, Ashley Lane has covered the twenty year history of the New York Restoration Project's work to bring back a number of the Parks in New York City from utter disrepair.  Included in the list of accomplishments is Highbridge Park. Congratulations on two decades of accomplishments NYRP!

Friday, November 20, 2015

The High Bridge Written up by a Noted Foreign City Planner as a Destination Site

Gordon Price is the Director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver BC Canada
In 2002, he finished his sixth term as a City Councillor in Vancouver.  He also served on the Board of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (Metro Vancouver) and was appointed to the first board of the Greater  Vancouver Transportation Authority (TransLink) in 1999.Gord No. 1
He has spoken at numerous conventions and conferences in many countries, writes a monthly column for Business in Vancouver on civic issues, and conducts tours and seminars on the development of Vancouver. He also blogs on urban issues, with a focus on Vancouver, at Price Tags, and occasionally publishes an electronic magazine, also called “Price Tags,” highlighting a city or issue.  (All 111 issues available here ).
He sits on the Boards of the Sightline Institute and Sustainable Cities International.
In additions to presentations in the U.S. and Australia, Gordon is a regular lecturer on transportation and land use for the City of Portland, Oregon and Portland State University.  He has written several extensive essays on Vancouver and transportation issues (The Deceptive City, Local Politician’s Guide to Urban Transportation).
This month he has done three nice blog entries on the High Bridge in New York City that are worth seeing.
It is good to see that The High Bridge is starting to get traction as a destination for tourists.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Kevin Woyce to discuss New York City Bridges

Historian Kevin Woyce will discuss the histories of the famous bridges that have shaped Manhattan at the Howland Public Library at 313 Main Street in Beacon on Thursday, Nov. 19. The free program begins at 6:30 p.m.

The Brooklyn Bridge, by Kevin Woyce
The Brooklyn Bridge, by Kevin Woyce
Using historic and his own original photos, Woyce will share the stories behind the most famous of the 20 bridges that link Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and New Jersey, including the wooden King’s Bridge built in 1693, the High Bridge of the Croton Aqueduct, the George Washington bridge and the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg, Queensboro and RFK Triborough bridges.
Woyce is the author of a number of books, including Bridges and Hudson River Lighthouses and History.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

In the Footsteps of Edgar Allan Poe - A Walk from Poe Cottage to the High Bridge

Saturday, November 21, 2015   11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
When Edgar Allan Poe lived in the Village of Fordham (now in the Bronx), one of his favorite pastimes was taking strolls throughout the area. One of his more enjoyable locations was the newly-constructed High Bridge. Although Poe has been gone for many years now, his cottage and the High Bridge continue to serve as remnants of his beloved walks.
Join Bronx Co. Historical Society educator Angel Hernandez on a 3-mile walk from Poe Cottage to High Bridge via Aqueduct Avenue. The tour will meet at the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage in Poe Park on the Grand Concourse and East Kingsbridge Road. If you wish to take a tour of the cottage before the walk tour, feel free to arrive there at 10 a.m.
For more comments on this story see: Edgar Allan Poe Walking the High Bridge.


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Edgar Allan Poe Cottage in Poe Park
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Tour costs $10 for BCHS members, $20 for non-members. Contact The Society at (718) 881-8900 to reserve your spot. The tours generally run about 2 hours.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

If You Enjoy Walking The High Bridge, Then You Might Enjoy These Bridges Also

Langkawi Sky Bridge, Malaysia

 As we have noted before, the popularity of pedestrian bridges is increasing, and along with that increase comes a myriad of new designs to entice the pedestrian to try them out.  Here are a few that you may not have seen before.  The Langkawi Sky Bridge is about 400 ft long and opened in 2005

Rolling Bridge, London
This is definitely not "The" London Bridge, but it is in London.  This bridge over the Grand Union Canal can curl up.

Dragon King Kong Bridge, China

Helix Pedestrian Bridge, Marina Bay, Singapore 

This bridge is based on the double helix structure of DNA and opened to the public April 24, 2010.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Fall Field Day at Highbridge Park -- Nov 3

Fall Field Day

11:00 a.m.
3:00 p.m.Tuesday, November 3, 2015
NYC Parks presents the first-ever Fall Field Day! Kids, teens, and their families are invited to relive classic and nostalgic field day activities as they are introduced to a new generation. With an array of activities fit for all ages and abilities, Fall Field Day will have something for everyone to enjoy! 
The event will take place on both sides of the High Bridge, at Highbridge Park in Manhattan and the Bronx. 
Highbridge Park, Bronx
On the Bronx side, there will Zumba, dance, a mini obstacle course, arts and crafts, and a Kids N Play corner. 
Highbridge Park, Manhattan
Activities will include:
Action Games
  • Javelin (noodle) throw
  • Bubble soccer
  • Giant soccer
  • Pillow Polo
  • Obstacle course
  • Hand cycling
Field Games
  • Giant Parachute
  • Tug-O-War 
  • Disc Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Musical bean bag chairs
Relay Races
  • Potato sack race
  • Three-legged race
  • Agility (parachute) races
  • Spoon/egg race
At the main stage, there will live entertainment, including two performances by the Big Apple Circus. In celebration of Election Day, we'll have an old voting booth where kids and families can pretend to vote and take selfies. 
Bring the kids to meet Snoopy from the Peanuts Movie!
Rain or shine.
Pumpkin Smash
Bring your old Halloween pumpkins and smash them to smithereens at Pumpkin Smash. Once smashed, the pumpkins will be composted locally with finished composed used to improve soils in city parks and green spaces. In partnership with the NYC Compost Project. Hosted by the Lower East Side Ecology Center. Get all the dirt on composting in New York City on the NYC Compost Project website.


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172nd Street and Amsterdam Avenue in Highbridge Park Accessible
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170th Street and University Avenue in Highbridge Park Accessible
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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Come Join Storefront Science "On Bridges" at the High Bridge

Join Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone to explore the form and function of bridges, as well as their strength and stability as you design and build your own models.

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Tower Plaza at Highbridge Park
                 (enter near 172rd St. and Amsterdam Ave.)
Cost: Free

For more information and to register email or call 212 795-1388

Saturday, October 17, 2015

$61.8 Million for the High Bridge Redevelopment, and now $1.3 Billion for the Bayonne Bridge

If you thought that spending $61.8 Million for the redevelopment of the High Bridge was a lot of money, hold onto your hat.  The Bayonne Bridge that connects Staten Island to New Jersey over the Kill Van Kull will cost the Port of New York and New Jersey Authority $1.3 Billion to complete by 2017.  The project will raise the roadbed from 151 feet to 215 feet so that the larger container ships may get to the Port of Newark, New Jersey.  If you want to see the Wall Street Journal article on this colossal project click here.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Another Pedestrian Bridge onto Manhattan?

The Liberty Bridge. Photo: Jeff Jordan Architects
In an article in New York Magazine on October 7, Eric Levitz writes about plans for yet another pedestrian bridge onto Manhattan. He says,

"What if you could live in Jersey City and walk to work in New York City? Jersey City architect Jeff Jordan, crowdfunding enthusiast Kevin Shane, and many of their neighbors have teamed up to produce plans and renderings for the Liberty Bridge, a 5,000-foot-long walkway over the Hudson River. Think of it as their version of the High Bridge."