After decades of being closed off to the public, the High Bridge Tower is opening its doors for a special-access experience tailored to photographers on September 28th! This photographer-led tour will bring you inside one of NYC’s most stunning architectural marvels from the 1870s. Climb the tower’s 179 steps for a totally new perspective of NYC!

Turning 150 years old this year, the tower was built to bring clean drinking water from the Croton Reservoir to Upper Manhattan. Standing 200ft tall above the bluffs of Washington Heights, the tower has some of the most stunning and unique views of the city.

Photo Tour of High Bridge Water Tower

High Bridge Water Tower

Inside the tower, photographers will have the opportunity to refine their skills when it comes to capturing vertical spaces, and panoramic views. On hand to offer assistance will be professional photographer Andrea Phox and her assistant. Tripods are usually prohibited inside the tower, but photographers on this tour will be allowed to use a tripod.

In addition to accessing the inside of the tower, photographers will also capture city views from the top of the High Bridge. This location presents unique opportunities for long-range exposure photography over the highways and Harlem River. On the other side of the High Bridge, in the Bronx, walk down the newly renovated stairs to capture the Bridge from the street level.

This unique setting will give you the opportunity to experiment with infrared, monochromatic, panoramic, and long-exposure, and more forms of photography while capturing early industrial scenes, architectural details, and urban Space on this tour is limited, so book your spot now!

Photo Tour of High Bridge Water Tower

People taking photographs out the window of High Bridge Water Tower

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