4 day weekend

holy crap i'm excited. 4 whole days off. i've been working like a dog, doing puppet shows in Canarsie, and then children's musicals in Webster Hall at night. sidenote: Park Slope was originally inhabited by the canarsee indians. i've been getting into new york history, as usual. this week's installment: Collect Pond. Collect Pond was a 48 acre lake on the southern end of manhattan. on a modern map it would be bordered by Bayard St on the north and Worth St on the south. pre-colonially, "the Collect" provided fresh water for most of the early inhabitants. in the late 18th century (aka industrial revolution), the Collect became too polluted to be potable, and was condemned. drainage canals were dug to the east and west, and give us modern day Canal st. the infrastructure of Canal St is notoriously terrible, because there is no solid land underneath. due to improper landfilling, the land became marshy, attracting legions of mosquitoes, and driving the rich away, leaving the area ripe for the development of NYC's most infamous ghetto: Five Points. after the Collect could not provide fresh water, the city created the Croton Aqueduct, which brought water from westchester county to Highbridge Tower in washington heights, and then on to a 180 million gallon repository in the middle of manhattan in an are known as Yorkville. from there, the water traveled to a slightly smaller repository known as the Croton Reservoir on 5th ave and 42nd st. we know it today as the NY Public Library. crazy, right?

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