Perhaps the clearest indication that the city is committed to the Harlem River is the $62 million reconstruction of the High Bridge, whose lofty Roman-style arches span the river and connect Upper Manhattan and the Bronx. The pedestrian bridge, opened in 1848, was a popular gathering spot in the early 1900s, a place where people took in the scenery in the latest fashions.
The bridge fell into disrepair and closed for good in the early 1970s. Reviving the bridge, which extends from Highbridge Park on the Manhattan bank, was one of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s most ambitious park initiatives. When it opens next year, the bridge — still off limits to cars — will give the park-deprived residents of the South Bronx access to the greener landscape across the river, in particular the 130-acre Highbridge Park, with its enormous outdoor pool.
This bridge and this part of town mean a lot to me because it's on my bike route to school. I can't wait for this project to be completed. The Bronx and upper Manhattan deserve more nice things like this pedestrian bridge.
Here are two of my own photos of High Bridge.
Over a year ago, I took a self-guided tour of landmarks and historical districts in The Bronx and took tons of pictures. I'm going to catalogue them in a Tumblr page - look out for it!