The city’s oldest standing bridge reopened on Tuesday, connecting Manhattan and the Bronx again for the first time since it was closed in the early 1970s.
The High Bridge, which gives scenic views of the Harlem River to pedestrians and cyclists, will connect 130 acres of parks in the two boroughs.
“It’s one of the wonders of the world,” said Manhattan borough president Gale Brewer. “I can’t think of a better symbol of community and solidarity.”
The span opened as part of an aqueduct in the mid-1800s to carry water from Westchester’s Croton River to upper Manhattan. A walkway was added in 1864.
Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver described it as an “engineering marvel to this day.”
Bronx residents will be able to access Highbridge Park along the Harlem River much more easily. Cars are not allowed on the span.
The restoration of the 123-foot tall bridge cost $61.8 million, and began in 2012 by the Park Department, officials said.