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For the first time in decades, walk along the oldest standing bridge in NYC

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NEW YORK — New York City's oldest standing bridge is open again for the first time in 45 years.

This we have to see.

The High Bridge was built in the mid-1800s. It stretches across the Harlem River, rail road tracks and some of the city's major highways.

It is again connecting Manhattan and the Bronx and the neighbors who have told stories about going across it.

It will again provide access to a pool at High Bridge Park.

Now for the background. It was originally constructed as part of the Croton Aqueduct system that delivered water to New York City as it grew in the 1800s. The walkway became a popular promenade that attracted hotels, restaurants and amusement parks to the area.

By the mid-1960s that all began to wane with construction of the Major Deegan Expressway and the Harlem River Drive.

The bridge was closed in the 1970s. The $61.8 million restoration began in 2012.

Historic sites near the bridge include Bennett Park, Manhattan's highest point. The Little Red Light House under the George Washington Bridge also is nearby.