Last Day for High Bridge Survey

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In addition to the subway, the Metro-North, and the ferry, baseball spectators should have another non-auto option to get to the new Yankee Stadium: a restored car-free High Bridge.

The High Bridge merits attention today not only due to the current parking controversy, but also because it’s the last day of the Parks Department’s online survey.

As noted previously, two items at issue are bike access and park hours. The original plan called for the restored bridge to be open only on weekends, and only during the day, severely limiting its viability as a transportation link. Parks representatives have said the city will make use of existing park trails and bike routes for cycling access, but specifics remain unclear.

The Parks folks have been very receptive to public input, and want to hear from as many people as possible. Let’s hear it, car-free Yankee fans!

Photo: Zach K/Flickr. Major Deegan and Cross Bronx Expressway interchange, in relation to the High Bridge (background). Yankee Stadium is approximately 10 blocks to the south.

  • Kurt

    Um, I think that’s a bit of a stretch. It’s quite a distance from High Bridge to Yankee Stadium, and there are steep hills to contend with in the Bronx.

  • Brad Aaron

    I haven’t made the walk (or ride) myself, but stadium access from Manhattan was brought up at one of the High Bridge listening sessions.

  • Dan Icolari

    The restoration of the bridge and of unimpeded, 24-hour pedestrian and bicycle access are important for another reason, and that reason is High Bridge Park. This extraordinary park, carved into a steep cliffside, overlooks the Harlem River. Grand stone staircases lead to a series of tiered paths, and at the bottom, to a broad and pleasant walk and bikeway that goes north to Dyckman Street and, if you go west, to Fort Tryon Park. (The adjacent Harlem River Drive was built on turf used in the 19th century as a trotters raceway.)

    But this extraordinary public resource has been shunned by its nearest neighbors for a very long time, and it shows. At 181st Street, where cars pour onto the Washington (not the George) Bridge to the Bronx, the entrances to High Bridge Park might as well have “Keep Out” signs posted. That’s how derelict the place looks. But if you persevere, you encounter–besides encampments of the homeless–the shell of an amazing public space. (Stand under the massive stone arches of the Washington Bridge and fail to be awed–I dare you.)

    Volunteers are laboring heroically but can do only so much to reverse decades of neglect that may take decades to undo at the current pace. But if the bridge and, as a result, the park were used by more people, a much broader constituency might develop–one that could organize and demand the level of funding this project truly deserves.

  • Angus Grieve-Smith

    It’s not that far. When I was researching Fiboro Bridges, I did a bunch of the Harlem River bridges in one day – on skates! I remember going from the Macombs Dam Bridge to the Bronx side of the High Bridge and then to the Washington Bridge. It took me a while to find the (closed) entrance to the High Bridge, but that was because it was unmarked, not because it was far away.

    I could easily imagine Yankee fans from Washington Heights walking, biking and skating to games over the High Bridge. Not so sure about the trip back.

  • Yeah, Kurt, it’s not that far. A mile and a half. A fine walk on a pleasant afternoon and a cinch to cycle, especially with the Grant Highway bike lane.

  • Kurt

    @5:

    Which makes it nearly 3.2 miles round-trip, if these alleged Yankee Stadium walkers actually live INSIDE High Bridge Park, which is where you measured from. I still doubt many people would want to walk that far, gobble a bunch of hot dogs and beers, then walk back on a pleasant afternoon, much less on a hot, humid one. And are there bike racks at Yankee Stadium?

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