3. High Bridge Water Tower

Like many other elements of High Bridge, the High Bridge Water Tower is also inaccessible to the public. While built for a functional purpose – to pump water into a 47,000-gallon that could service the higher elevation areas of upper Manhattan – it was also designed, in a distinctive architectural style, to be a local landmark. An electric carillon was added in 1958 and bells rang from the top for a period of time. Untapped Cities writer Jeff Reuben, who covered the water tower on this site previously, argues that this was possibly an early attempt to repurpose the water tower.