Collect Pond Park, New York City

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#75 of 76 in Parks in New York City
The Collect Pond — or Fresh Water Pond — was a body of fresh water in what is now Chinatown, lower Manhattan in New York City. For the first two centuries of European settlement in Manhattan, it was the main water supply for the growing city. The former pond became the site of a jail and is now a city park, Collect Pond Park, which includes a pond evocative of its former status.Pond descriptionThe pond occupied approximately 48acre and was as deep as 60ft. Fed by an underground spring, it was located in a valley, with Bayard Mount (at 110ft, the tallest hill in lower Manhattan) to the northeast and Kalck Hoek (Dutch for Chalk Point, named for the numerous oyster shell middens left by the indigenous Native American inhabitants) to the west.A stream flowed north out of the pond and then west through a salt marsh (which, after being drained, became a meadow by the name of "Lispenard Meadows") to the Hudson River, while another stream issued from the southeastern part of the pond in an easterly direction to the East River.In 1542 the French established a fortified trading post on an island in the pond known as Fort d'Anormée Berge (Fort of the Grand Scarp). It is unclear when it was disestablished.
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  • This is a nice park to eat lunch or just sit during the spring and fall. Hard to believe that this park use to be a pond where the indian and settlers get their water. If I am not mistaken at one poin...  more »
  • Collect Pond Park is located in Chinatown/Lower Manhattan and has a very cool history. For the first two centuries of European settlement in Manhattan, it was the main water supply for the growing cit...  more »
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  • Interesting park amongst the courthouses. North end is chronically populated by homeless who occasionally aggressively panhandle. Great Pokemon GO gym and stops at location.
  • Its a good place where you can spend the day, have a snack, or meet a friend. I like the beautiful buildings around it and green spaces. Definatly a good place for couples if they want to spend a romantic day in a beautiful place around new york.
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