3. There is a Buried Brook in Van Cortlandt Park

A model of the buried Tibbets Brook from Finding Tibbets

Like much of New York City’s drastically altered urban landscape, beneath Van Cortlandt Park there is the buried Tibbets Brook. It flows from White Plains south to Van Cortlandt Park and disappears in one of the park’s lakes.

In the last few months, a mobile wetland titled Finding Tibbetts has been be traveling around the Bronx to build support for the Daylighting Tibbetts Brook project, an environmental initiative by City as Living Lab to unearth the now-buried Tibbetts Brook in order to minimize water pollution, reduce flooding, and reinvigorate the surrounding ecosystem. Having already made a stop in Van Cortlandt Park last month, Finding Tibbetts will make multiple stops this month in the Bronx, on October 7th at Marble Hill and the 14th at the Bronx Green Fair, Church of the Mediator, specifically along the route of the stream, where visitors can see the model cross section of the brook, with water tubes, a real marsh, and an inhabitable section that invites visitors to enter and reflect on their own position in the environment. To get the detailed schedule, sign up for the mailing list at the City as Living Lab website.