Landmarks Preservation Commission: 2 historic Bronx parks could soon be designated landmarks

Both sites are responsible for great discoveries, including the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, which is known for its water supply.

Elly Morillo and

News 12 Staff

Aug 23, 2023, 11:35 PM

Updated 275 days ago

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The Old Croton Aqueduct Trail in Fordham and the Joseph Rodman Drake Park and Enslaved African Burial Ground in Hunts Point could soon be landmarks in the Bronx after they were calendared by the Landmark's Preservation Commission. 
Both sites are responsible for great discoveries, including the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, which is known for its water supply. 
"It was the first major source of water in New York City before that people relied on wells and sterns. In the 1830's you have a population that is really begriming and so when you are relying on wells you get a lot of water borne disease and also there was no effective way to fight fires," said director of education at the Bronx County Historical Society Roger McCormack. 
The Joseph Rodman Drake Park and Enslaved African Burial Ground also shedding light on a dark time in American History. 
"For a time, it was not really talked about, the park itself with the cemeteries opens in 1910 and the enslaved African burial ground cemetery the graves were unmarked, and they were still there in 1913, because there is photographic evidence but by 1920, they have been removed," said McCormack. 
The Landmarks Preservation Commission has not yet scheduled dates for public hearings for either of the proposals. 


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