For this year’s Fall Work Day, Preservation Alumni, a non-profit organization of friends and alumni of the Historic Preservation Program of Columbia University, is heading to Washington Heights to work in Highbridge Park with the New York Restoration Project. The High Bridge – New York City’s oldest standing bridge – is finally open again after more than 40 years. Built in 1848 and originally called Aqueduct Bridge, the pedestrian walkway reopened this year, connecting Manhattan and the Bronx over the Harlem River. After working in Highbridge Park, they will have lunch and head down to the bridge to hear more about its restoration from someone familiar with the project.
New York Restoration Project will provide all the materials needed including gloves, sunscreen, and bug spray, and will direct what needs to be done. Stay tuned for specifics on where to meet closer to the 19th!
Work will be outside in a park, so wear closed-toed shoes and pants (note: there may be poison ivy)
Bring a water bottle!
Where: Highbridge Park (Depending on where the meeting point will be, take the 1 train to 181st or 191st)
When: Saturday, September 19th, 10am – 12pm (followed by lunch and a talk/tour)