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The Highbridge Water Tower Is Back Open with Free Public Tours

Updated: Mar 27, 2022

The restored Highbridge Water Tower in Washington Heights.
The restored Highbridge Water Tower in Washington Heights.

Following a $5 million restoration, the Highbridge Water Tower in Washington Heights is back—and offering free public tours.

The historic 200-foot structure overlooking Highbridge Park near 174th Street and Amsterdam Avenue reopened last week after two years of repairs, including work on its roof, masonry, cast-iron staircase and windows.

Part of the Old Croton Aqueduct—which also includes the adjacent High Bridge—the stone tower provided water pressure to the surrounding area between 1872 and 1949.

Today it's a New York City Landmark.

Urban Park Ranger-led tours, which will take visitors to the top of the tower and offer panoramic views, start on Sunday, November 11 and will go forward a few times each month.

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