|Grand Stairway of The High Bridge (Bronx)|
As seen in the late 19th Century
The Wall Street Journal has reported on New York City's desire to rebuild many of its Open Air Stairways. Since 20 of these stairways are in Washington Heights, this should be of some interest to our readers.
The first stairway of note (and note that it is not even in Manhattan) is the Highbridge Park Steps at West 170th Street in the Bronx, which will become a grand gateway to the newly reopened High Bridge spanning the Harlem River. It was originally built in the 19th century and was partially destroyed with the development of the Major Deegan Expressway. It will now be demolished and rebuilt over the next three years.
The next stairway of note (but not mentioned in the Wall Street Journal Article) is the Stairway to Heaven (John T. Brush Stairway) at Coogan's Bluff along Edgecombe Ave.
|John T. Brush Stairway|
Now that the High Bridge has been renovated, perhaps the powers that be might consider redoing the stairway on the Manhattan side of the High Bridge. Right now it is a metal and wood stairway of about 103 stairs that is very steep. It is currently impossible for bicyclists to go down or up without dismounting and carrying their bicycles or traveling down the trail to 165th St. and then returning back up to 173rd St. to get to the other end of the stairs.