Thursday, June 11, 2015
REMEMBER: BELOW THE HIGH BRIDGE CIRCA 1902
A film clip from 1902 shows one of those famous day trips that uptowners would make to hang out on the High Bridge at 173rd Street and watch the parade of carriages below. This vantage point is from the Manhattan side looking north at the original masonry arches that would eventually be replaced by a singular steel arc straddling the Harlem River. The Bronx side of the bridge has 10 brick arches still in place so one can get a sense of what the original bridge looked like over a century ago. After being shut off from the public for the past 40 years, the newly restored bridge is now ready to be an attraction for those seeking a local weekend getaway.