Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Ray Hubbell's Patent Ornamental Metal Corners for Oil Cloths Sold by E. Teraberry, High Bridge, NY

An interesting Trade Card for E. Teraberry, General Merchandise, ca. 1880

High Bridge Wins Streetsie Award for 2015

Blogspot has announced this years winners of the Streetsie Awards, and while the High Bridge wasn't the absolute best thing that happened this year, it is the "Best Walking Project" for 2015.  The award was given in concert with the reopening in June.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Interesting Aerial Video of the High Bridge and the Hamilton Bridge

For those of you who might have an interest, click here for a very short video clip taken at night presumably from a drone vehicle.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

JAZZ in the HEIGHTZZ Live December 17

“Jazz in the Heightzz” presents jazz concerts at a growing number of well-known venues in Washington Heights, including many at Word Up.
A wonderful evening of Jazz, refreshments and books. No cover, donations
appreciated. More information on www.facebook.com/jazzintheheightzz

Jazz in the Heightzz
Thursday, December 17, 2015
7-8:30pmWord Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)New York, NY

Friday, December 11, 2015

High Bridge Van Co. 165th St. and Amsterdam Ave.

This oil on canvas trade painting of the High Bridge Van Co. must have been painted in the early part of the 20th century. The company was established in 1905. Does anyone remember this company at 165th and Amsterdam? The painting above is up for auction on Sunday, December 20, 2015. More information here.

Here is another piece of ephemera from this company from 1928.

At some point they had offices at 170th St.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Morris Jumel Mansion Museum Annual Holliday Concert

Annual Holiday Concert at Morris-Jumel Mansion

No holiday season is complete without MJM's Annual Holiday Concert. Brooklyn Baroque and guests will perform chamber and vocal music perfectly suited to the season; and a merry reception featuring food and drink will follow. $25 per person, $20 for members. Advanced registration is required. Call 212-923-8008 or email marketing@morrisjumel.org to RSVP. For the complete list of MJM events for December click here.

Thursday, November 26, 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 info@FortTryonParkTrust.com 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."

Friday, October 2, 2015

It's Not Balderdash -- There's a Dash for the Boulders at Highbridge Park

Photo  - Molly Hurford

Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that is performed on rocks and other small rock formations, usually measuring less than 20 feet high without the use of ropes or harnesses.  As it turns out, for all those into the sport of bouldering who reside in New York City, the options are somewhat limited. There are a number of indoor facilities such as Steep Rock Bouldering at 1507 Lexington Ave. 

Steep Rock Bouldering -- 1507 Lexington Ave. (corner of 97th St.)

But, then there are the outdoor facilities.  For this type of experience boulderers need not look any further than Highbridge Park, right here in upper Manhattan.  There are an abundance of rocks to choose from that are free to use and available throughout most of the year.  Enjoy the rocks!

Looking for Counters of Pedestrian & Bicycle Traffic on The High Bridge

Albumen Photograph of The High Bridge, date unknown, but after the water tower was built
(taken from the Bronx, south of the High Bridge)

Simply stated, the only way we are going to get the Parks and Recreation Department to improve the infrastructure at Highbridge Park is by demonstrating that the usage of the two parks and the bridge justifies it.   The Parks and Recreation Department is not collecting any meaningful information on usage for either of the two parks or on the High Bridge itself.   Pedestrian and bicycle traffic on the Bridge has to pass through the two parks.

We would like to establish the baseline usage of the Bridge by pedestrians and bicyclists. To accomplish this we will need volunteers to stand at either end of the Bridge and count the number of pedestrians and bicycles crossing (both ways) during 15 minute intervals.

If you are interested in helping us to gather this information we would appreciate it very much. Please email us with your name and times of availability.  We will then assign a time slot with more specific instructions as to how you may help us.  As a thank you we will credit you with having participated in the study by listing your name along with other participants when we announce the results of the study.  The more we know about the use of the High Bridge the more we can work to improve the infrastructure supporting it in both Highbridge Parks and the surrounding areas.

Thank you for your support.

Photograph of Washington Bridge from Aqueduct High Bridge, date unknown (but after 1895)
Description say that the Washington Bridge goes from 181st Street and 10th Avenue (on the left) to Aqueduct Avenue (Bronx, on the right)

Friday, September 25, 2015

My! My! Another Walking Tour on the High Bridge by Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct have posted yet a second Walking Tour to the High Bridge today.  This one, however, will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 starting at the Dobbs Ferry Metro North train station in Westchester:
Let's just hope the tourists keep coming and encourage them to bring their own lunches and plenty to drink as there are really no food services anywhere near the High Bridge or Highbridge Park yet, except for Company Catered Events at the corner of 159th Street and Edgecombe Ave. where they can get a cup of coffee, a soft drink, and a pastry or something like that.

FOCA says:

"Washington Heights sites near the High Bridge deserve more attention, especially now that the  gleaming bridge beckons day trippers once more. Let’s take a long walk that will cross the Harlem  River via the High Bridge, hear the tale of the Old Croton Aqueduct, then wind back to the gorgeous  Jumel Terrace Historic District and to hidden Audubon Terrace. Along the way, we will pay homage to Paul Robeson, jazz greats like Duke Ellington and Lena Horne, the indomitable Eliza Jumel and to NY baseball.
The guide can accompany walkers from Westchester on the Metro North on Tuesday at 9:04am on    Octover 13, to the subway transfer to the #1 train at Marble Hill. Be prepared for many, many stairs   and 2-3 hours of hilly walking (2+ miles), plus elevated subway-train transfers. Westchester walkers   can return the same way they came.
Group size is limited and attendance is on a reservation-only basis. Please notify your guide of            cancellations! Contact: Lesley Walters, 914-671-7112."

Let's offer them the best of luck on their day trip.

Walking Tour of The High Bridge Presented by Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

eet near the entrance to the Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, NYC. (just west of Highbridge Park between 161st St. and 162nd St.).  Directions to the Mansion, with transportation suggestions, can be found by clicking here.  
Participants will approach the bridge via the Aqueduct pathway along Coogan's Bluff, which leads north from 158th and Edgecombe Avenue to The High Bridge.  Once on the bridge participants will enjoy the views and marvel at the engineering feat completed in 1848. 
Three optional side trips are available:
 ---- a walk up the stairs on the Manhattan side of the bridge to view the tower and the former site of the reservoir (the stairway will be daunting for anyone who experiences difficulty climbing approximately 100 steep stairs).
----  a self-led tour of the Morris-Jumel Mansion (Manhattan’s oldest house – admission $10/$8) at the conclusion of the walk. 
----  a GPS proximity based walking app for the iPhone which identifies long forgotten Croton Aqueduct features On Coogan's Bluff (purchase price $3.99)
Without optional side trips, the walk from the Mansion to the far side of The High Bridge and back is on flat terrain and is approximately 2+ miles (2+ hours).  The tour along with the election of some of the side trips can turn this into a full half day of very unusual adventure right here in the middle of this great metropolitan area.
Reservations are required. Contact: Sara Kelsey, or call 646-303-1448.
rain date: Sunday, the 25th