This graceful water tower, located in Manhattanâ€™s Highbridge Park at 174thÂ Street, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Â It has been a visual landmark on the heights of Manhattan overlooking the Harlem River since 1872. The tower was not part of the original Croton Aqueduct.Â It was added to serve the growing number of residents in the villages of north Manhattan, which were at an elevation higher than the Croton Aqueduct.
Viewing the interior of a tower-like structure such as this for the first time is a thrill! As for the climb.. well that’s a different story.
This is the second spiral staircase leading to the top of the tower. I ascended the stairs out of curiosity but found nothing of interest. I was a bit hopeful that I could at least get a more spectacular view than the one on the tank room but it was a dark windowless chamber. I wonder what it was used for?
Upwards and Uninterested is a song by a death metal band Napalm Death.