A Virtual History of the High Bridge Tower

A Virtual History of the High Bridge Tower

Photo courtesy of NYPL Digital Collections

Join city planner, writer, and Untapped NY Insider, Jeff Reuben, as he recounts The High Bridge Tower’s long overlooked history and uncovers its mysteries.

  • Learn how the City took the land for the Tower from Madame Eliza Jumel, of Morris-Jumel Mansion fame
  • Learn that it is the only remaining vestige of a much more extensive set of improvements that transformed Upper Manhattan
  • Discover that thanks to a student’s paper from 1868, we know how it was built
  • Hear how it was rescued from destruction by Robert Moses
  • The Tower weathered a devastating 1984 fire and Hurricane Sandy damage and now is reopened for public tours

About the event:

Standing on a bluff 200 feet above the Harlem River, the recently restored High Bridge Water Tower is an iconic, yet enigmatic landmark for many New Yorkers. Built to bring Croton water to the highest points in northern Manhattan, the recently restored 200-foot tall structure is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2022.

This virtual presentation lead by City Planner and Untapped Insider, Jeff Reuben, will give a comprehensive history of this amazing and often-overlooked structure.

Attendees will receive a link to join the webinar after completing the registration.

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