The High Bridge, New York City

The High Bridge is a steel arch bridge, with a height of almost 140 feet over the Harlem River, connecting the New York City boroughs of the Bronx and Manhattan. The eastern end is located in the Bronx near the western end of West 170th Street, and the western end is located in Highbridge Park in Manhattan, roughly parallel to the end of West 173rd Street.
Completed in 1848, it remains the oldest surviving bridge in New York City—although much of the current bridge dates from a 1928 renovation. The bridge has been closed to all traffic since the 1970s, with plans for a 2014 reopening.
The bridge is operated and maintained by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
Originally designed as a stone arch bridge, the High Bridge had the appearance of a Roman aqueduct. Construction on the bridge was started in 1837, and completed in 1848 as part of the Croton Aqueduct, which carried water from the Croton River to supply the then burgeoning city of New York some to the south. It has a length of well over 2,000 feet (600 m). It was designed by the aqueduct's engineering team, led by John B. Jervis. James Renwick, Jr., who later went on to design New York's landmark Saint Patrick's Cathedral on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, participated in the design.
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  • Access to the bridge is via parks on either end. From Manhattan end there is a long staircase to negotiate to reach the bridge. You cross the Harlem River and get great views of Manhattan and Queens. ...  more »
  • The High Bridge is one of my favourite places for a peaceful walk in New York. It was built in 1848 as an aqueduct, to carry water from upstate New York, through the Bronx, into Manhattan. Later, a wa...  more »
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  • My favorite bridge. Oldest bridge in the city open for pedestrians only. Connects Manhattan and Bronx. It's very tall offering excellent views in every direction. And Highbridge Park is a gem too with different trails including some very steep stairs depending on where you are. Quite a workout. Must see.
  • I visit this area for relaxation. I go fishing there also. I call this my piece of mind area. I am bother by things go there to clear my head. We need more place like this for just relaxation.
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