Uptown Gem: The High Bridge Re-Opens After 45 Years

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Photography by Emmanuel Abreu (@EAbreuVisuals)

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The Uptown Renaissance continues apace.

This past Tuesday, the High Bridge opened after 45 years and a $60 million renovation. The High Bridge is not any old bridge. In fact, it is New York City’s oldest bridge, built in 1848 as a vital link in the aqueduct system that brought freshwater from upstate to New York City.

For over a century, the venerable bridge connected Washington Heights and the Bronx. However, the bridge was closed during the 70’s due to decay and disrepair.

That was the past. Today the High Bridge is once again connecting communities and providing a scenic walkway for both pedestrians and bike riders alike.

The newly opened High Bridge will not only bring Washington Heights and the Bronx closer but will attract visitors from all over the world.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. put it best, “downtown Manhattan may have the High Line, but uptown, we have the High Bridge.”

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