When Water Turned Great for Bagels and More

August 22, 2011 | City College, CUNY Lecture Series

New York has long prided itself on the quality of its drinking water but there was a time — before the Croton Reservoir was completed in 1842 — when it was undrinkable. “The water was known for being notoriously bad then — even the horses didn’t want to drink it,” says Kevin Bone, in his lecture, “The Secret Life of New York City Water.” As part of City College’s School of Architecture Sciame Lecture Series, Bone, professor of architecture at Cooper Union, explained the impact that the Old Croton Aqueduct, which supplied the city with a clean and adequate water supply until it was replaced with a newer one in 1890, had on the city’s development in the post-Industrial Revolution era.
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