Thursday, June 11, 2015
SEE: HIGH BRIDGE OPENS TO THE PUBLIC
The A, C or 1 train to 168th Street is the quickest route and one just has to walk over a couple of Avenues east to Amsterdam and 172nd Street. On the south side of the High Bridge pool house, there is a winding path that makes it way one block north to the back end of the soaring historic water tower where one will find newly established steep steps that will lead to the bridge at roughly 173rd Street. Before going on to the actual bridge, make sure to take a glimpse of the grand steel arch that replaced some of smaller romanesque masonry arcs to make way for large ships back in the 1920s.
Everything has been restored to a pristine condition probably not seen in over a century and one will marvel at the herringbone brick path lined with traditional lamp poles now powered by electricity instead of gas. There is a slight convex curve to the path which is a bit jarring to those afraid of heights but the new decorative and protective gates are all in place which look much nicer than the typical chain link fences.
When arriving on the Bronx side, the original stone steps can be found at the right of entrance and views of the 10 original stone bridge arches can be seen in all their glory. Those stoney stairs have seen better days so be careful when walking down that path. When walking back to the Manhattan side, check out the historic round plates that serve as a timeline of the bridge and are a great educational tool for the families out there. This is another uptown treasure that is not such a tourist trap as the High Line downtown so make sure to check out this must see landmark in the summer months.