Ridgewood Reservoir
10:00 am
12:00 pm
2:00 pm
10:00 am
12:00 pm
City of Brooklyn, 1859

While the Central Park Reservoir was built in the 1850's to supply the growing City of New York, the Ridgewood Reservoir was built to supply the rapidly expanding City of Brooklyn. It was supplied by reservoirs and wells further east on Long Island and connected via an aqueduct that ran under Conduit Avenue. The reservoir was made obsolete by the activation of the Delaware Aqueduct in 1955 and was drained in 1989. Since that time proposals to develop the old reservoir basins were never realized. All the while nature worked its magic and grew a forest which is now a refuge to 125 species of birds. After nearly 40 years of preservation by neglect, the City is holding planning meetings to envision vision a future for the reservoir.

Saturday & Sunday Tour Info: Tours with NYC H2O's Jonathan Turer and Matt Malina will last approximately 1.5 hrs.

 

Reservations for this tour are now sold out. Interested in exploring former municipal reservoirs? You may also enjoy the Museum of Bronx History at the Valentine-Varian House, which sits atop the former Williamsbridge Reservoir (drained in 1934), and requires no reservations! Click on the site’s name to check out its Open Access listing.

 

Image Credit: Matt Green CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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