The High Bridge
The High Bridge
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Doris B
USA314 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
I went here with a friend and we walked half-way across the bridge. There are good views of the Harlem River but it is difficult to take pictures due to the tall chain-link fencing on each side. The pavement design changes mid-way across indicating the division like between Manhattan and The Bronx. It's a good place for a walk on a nice day.
Written 4 May 2023
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Erik L
Seattle50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 1 June 2021
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MedfordMA
Medford, MA89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 28 October 2019
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travelbob1
New Windsor, NY1,117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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 30 September 2019
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biosafety-guy
Andover, MA223 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 2 July 2019
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moodymcsue
Port Moody, Canada89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 1 January 2019
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madmadeleine
Los Angeles, CA172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 26 November 2018
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DJtrinivibes
Bronx, NY1,792 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 17 November 2018
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Walter B
East Lansing, MI41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 28 August 2018
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Bob S
Langley, Canada47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 9 June 2018
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