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.Take the guesswork out of planning a New York City vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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 »
I did a nice walk across the bridge on a free tour with a park ranger. Great hearing the history of the bridge and how famous that bridge really is and what a resource it was to the community. And still is. So glad it was renovated in 2015. There are plaques on the floor that also tell some of the history if you want to learn a little on your own. You enter off University Ave. Some nice views from the bridge too. I'm sure they would have been better if I didn't go on a rainy day.
Great structure that not many know was recently renovated and reopened. If you want a great place to run or jog in the Bronx, this is it! Getting there from the Bronx side may seem a little sketch but certainly worth a trip. I've also been on it past 7PM and no one is the wiser. Read up on the history while you're walking along.
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