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The Croton Aqueduct: Illustrations by Fayette B. Tower

To mark the 160th anniversary of the completion of the Croton Aqueduct, the Museum of the City of New York presents an exhibition featuring more than two dozen drawings, prints and illustrated letters by Fayette Bartholomew Tower (1817-1857), an assistant engineer overseeing the construction of the aqueduct.

Before 1842, New York City relied on cisterns, wells and natural springs for its water supply. But when they became polluted and hundreds of people died of cholera and the yellow fever, the city began considering building a water system. The Great Fire of 1835, which destroyed nearly 700 buildings, sped up the project.

The construction of the Croton Aqueduct began in 1837 and was completed five years later. The aqueduct, designed by engineer John B. Jervis, consisted of iron pipes protected by brick masonry and covered a distance of 41 miles from the Croton Dam in upstate New York, over the High Bridge across the Harlem River to a receiving reservoir between 79th and 86th streets.

The aqueduct provided the city with fresh water until 1940, when Robert Moses ordered the reservoir in Central Park drained. Portions of the aqueduct, however, continued to convey water to New York City until 1955. Today, the 26.2-mile segment of the aqueduct route in Westchester County is Old Croton Trailway State Park.

The exhibition will be on display at the Museum of the City of New York until April 27.

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Art Deco Midtown
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Mergers and Strategic Alliances
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Saints and Sinners
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Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Staten Island World Beyond the Ferry
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Delights, Deceptions, and Dissonance in the Music of Mozart
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Flushing Library
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Meet in front of the Knickerbocker Club
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$15; 11 a.m.

Gallery Walk: African-American Masters
Independent art historian Julia Hotton gives a guided tour from her perspective as a curator and associate of numerous New York-based African American artists

New-York Historical Society
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April 27

From Medici to Napoleon: The Florence Gould Galleries
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Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Spring in the Heights
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Afternoon of Chinese Storytelling
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Five American Enterprising Women Composers
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New-York Historical Society
2 West 77th Street
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92nd Street Y
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Meet at NE corner of Canal and Lafayette Streets
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