In addition to preserving a critical moment in New York City’s history—these pipes of water, after all, are what allowed the tiny city to grow—High Bridge reinstates an important pedestrian connection between two New York boroughs. Those who wished to walk between Manhattan and the Bronx had to go far out of the way along busy bridges designed for vehicles or take a convoluted subway route. Just in time for summer, High Bridge now gives Bronx residents easy access to a large park in Washington Heights with a pool.


It’s kind of a perfect twist on the repurposed piece of infrastructure that once delivered fresh water to New Yorkers—it’s now delivering New Yorkers to aquatic refreshment.

[Animal NY, NYT]