The High Bridge

The High Bridge, New York City: Address, The High Bridge Reviews: 4.5/5

The High Bridge
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Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Historic Walking Areas • Bridges • Scenic Walking Areas
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Erik L
Seattle49 contributions
Nice walk into NY history
May 2021
This is a nice place to walk, in a neighborhood you probably wouldn't visit otherwise. Inset placards in the lovely brick paving highlight the history of the bridge. Expansive views include the Manhattan skyline in the distance, and towers of the George Washington Bridge. Adjacent, there is a large lovely wooded park on the Manhattan side. There is also a park on the Bronx side, but it is dark and grubby, and probably best avoided after dark.
Written June 1, 2021
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MedfordMA
Medford, MA92 contributions
Great walking bridge and history
Oct 2019
Terrific walking bridge - oldest in NYC - connecting to the Bronx. The history is great - having originally opened as part of the Croton Aqueduct in 1848 and reopened as a pedestrian walkway in 2015 after being closed for over 45 years. Nice strolling bridge.
Written October 28, 2019
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Stan R
Louisville, KY40 contributions
Beautiful but crowded
Oct 2019 • Couples
Happened to go on a beautiful fall day on a Saturday. Was packed but manageable. Could walk at decent pace. We did whole trail and doubled back to Chelsea Market. A truly unique experience in NYC. An impressive under taking. Food, artists, exhibits and some nice views. Definitely go.
Written October 27, 2019
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travelbob1
New Windsor, NY853 contributions
QUIET, CALMING and WAITING FOR AUTUMN
Sep 2019
This is one of those hidden gems. Hidden from both sides; the neighborhood on the Bronx side and the park on the Manhattan side. Both are accessible using mass transit. Parking is hard to find. There is little to no restaurants or shopping immediately at each end.
The view from the bridge includes the approaches to the GW Bridge, the Harlem River and the train yards below. Off in the south is the midtown skyline. The path includes a mile or so walk through High Bridge Park with its tree lined and tree covered pathway. Comes peak fall season will make this walk come alive with color.
There was no vendors or carts, just the trees, the sounds of traffic an sunlight filtering through the trees and the sun and breeze along the bridge walk.
Wheel chair and bike accessible.
Written September 30, 2019
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biosafety-guy
Andover, MA239 contributions
Quiet and Calm Oasis
Jun 2019 • Couples
Access to the bridge is via parks on either end. From Manhattan end there is a long staircase to negotiate to reach the bridge. You cross the Harlem River and get great views of Manhattan and Queens. There are benches on the bridge if one needs to rest but no shade. Unlike the High Line which can be jammed, this walking path is not heavily traversed. Embedded in the brick surface are historical markers giving the history of the bridge. Bring your camera and in the summer, WATER.
Written July 2, 2019
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moodymcsue
moodymcsue86 contributions
An Calm Oasis and Historical Marvel
Dec 2018 • Couples
The High Bridge is one of my favourite places for a peaceful walk in New York. It was built in 1848 as an aqueduct, to carry water from upstate New York, through the Bronx, into Manhattan. Later, a walkway was added over the water pipes, making a beautiful place to stroll, high above the Harlem River, linking the Bronx and Manhattan for pedestrian traffic. Eventually it stopped being used as an aqueduct, fell into disrepair, and was closed for more than 40 years. In 2015, after a massive renovation project, it was reopened to the public. Connected with the peaceful High Bridge Park, and featuring a gorgeous water tower, it is a splendid place to spend an hour, and imagine a New York City of long ago. This is a great place to watch boat traffic, take photographs, and feel connected with the vibrant city, and the beauty of nature. Seasoned visitor tip: avoid the 181st St Subway station. (It's really deep in the ground, and accessible by elevator only.) Instead, take the A, C, or 1 train to 168 St. Walk one block east to Amsterdam Avenue, and 4 blocks north on Amsterdam, to 172nd St. The entry to the park closest to the bridge is here. Follow the pathway towards the water tower, around the back of the recreation centre and swimming pool, and you will find a stairway down to the bridge. Take time to read the historical medallions, installed along the bridge walkway. They begin on the Bronx side and finish up on the Manhattan side, so you may want to read them on your walk back from the Bronx. South of the bridge, on the Manhattan side, there's a short paved walk along the bluffs above the River. There are benches all along the way for resting and relaxing, and an innovation - solar powered cell phone recharge stations attached to benches on both sides of the bridge. (Bring your charging cord.) This is a hidden treasure, easy to reach by subway, free and fun for visitors who like to go for a walk back in history.
Written January 1, 2019
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madmadeleine
Los Angeles, CA162 contributions
Walk where Edgar Allen Poe walked
Oct 2018 • Couples
We visited the Edgar Allen Poe home in the Bronx and the video presentation mentioned that he often walked the High Bridge to think and draw inspiration from the views. So we had to find it. We found parking on the street in the Bronx on a Sunday morning and enjoyed the walk across the bridge.

The brick surface has the history of the bridge told in large bronze plaques that look like manhole covers. They tell the story in chronological order from the Bronx side to the Manhattan side.

You can see the water tower on a rise over the Manhattan side of the bridge. There is a very steep set of steps that will take you up to the bottom of the water tower. There is not much to see there, but if you want the exercise it is a vigorous workout.

We were there when it was very quiet and not many people were around. It seemed like a nice break from the noise of the city.
Written November 26, 2018
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DJtrinivibes
Bronx, NY1,420 contributions
oldest bridge in NYC wow
Apr 2018 • Family
who knew right in the Bronx is the oldest bridge in the city. I live walking distance and I never knew this till now. It is a beautiful scenic arch bridge when you feel to take a lovely nice walk from a park to the bridge over looking the Harlem river. I had a tour and they said it was closed for 45 years !!! wow. it a nice walk from the bronx side to the Manhattan side of the bridge which had the high bridge water tower. lots and lots of history and you must walk with your camera to take some beautiful pictures and you will thank me later.
Written November 17, 2018
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Walter B
East Lansing, MI44 contributions
Nice place to be alone in NYC
Jul 2018 • Family
This is a recently opened pedestrian bridge originally built as part of the NYC water system in 1855. It goes from one park on the Manhattan side to one in the Bronx. It is a very nice experience. The only problem I had with it was the high webbed fencing which made photos difficult and spoiled the experience a bit. There are practically no places to eat or buy souvenirs, which for me gave it a nice feeling. Also being the only visitors that morning also made it enjoyable in a usual crowded city.
Written August 28, 2018
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bsartistcanada
Langley, Canada43 contributions
A Walk in the Park
Jun 2018 • Friends
This is the 3rd time I walked this, first time with my wife. Beautiful walk over traffic, nicely landscaped, with nice vistas, artwork, and architecture every few dozen steps. Only down side this time was the amount of building construction alongside the walk which meant scaffolding and noise pollution.
Written June 9, 2018
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