revealing a forgotten history
The Croton Aqueduct was built in 1842 as the first fresh water delivery system for the growing city of New York. Before this seminal event, the city was plagued with typhoid, diphtheria, and other water borne illness. In fact, without the Croton Aqueduct, the island of Manhattan may have remained a village of approximately 250,000.
The Waterline is a project to reveal the path and history of The Croton Aqueduct in Manhattan and the Bronx and connect it to the Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park in Westchester County. It links the disparate relics of a 19th-century underground infrastructure with a green corridor that serves as a conduit for stormwater absorption, making it part of a 21st-century green infrastructure network.