Oldest Surviving Bridge in NYC: High Bridge


Crossing the Harlem River, High Bridge is the oldest surviving bridge in New York City. Completed in 1848, it connects the Bronx and Manhattan. Built in the style of a Roman aqueduct, it did indeed carry water into New York City through the Croton Aqueduct system until 1917. When the masonry arches were determined to be a hazard to shipping by the Army Corps of Engineers, local organizations fought against full demolition. Today, the central span is steel from a 1927 alteration.