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New York Catacombs by Candlelight

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Perfect for history lovers, this tour of the historical Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Lower Manhattan invites you into the catacombs, allowing you to see its pipe organ and venture to parts of the building that are normally closed to visitors. Beat the crowds on this tour and enjoy a personal encounter with this New York landmark.
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MedfordMA wrote a review Oct 2019
Medford, Massachusetts93 contributions20 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Stan R wrote a review Oct 2019
Louisville, Kentucky40 contributions19 helpful votes
Happened to go on a beautiful fall day on a Saturday. Was packed but manageable. Could walk at decent pace. We did whole trail and doubled back to Chelsea Market. A truly unique experience in NYC. An impressive under taking. Food, artists, exhibits and some nice views. Definitely go.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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travelbob1 wrote a review Sep 2019
New Windsor, New York845 contributions322 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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biosafety-guy wrote a review Jul 2019
Andover, Massachusetts244 contributions72 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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moodymcsue wrote a review Jan 2019
moodymcsue86 contributions59 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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