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Drawing, City Hall Park, New York City, 1842.
NYPL Digital Gallery, The New York Public Library
"City of hurried and sparkling waters! city of spires and masts!
City nested in bays! my city!
- Mannahatta (more...)

On October 14, 1842, President John Tyler officially opened a fountain in City Hall Park, celebrating the completion of New York's first big municipal water project. The festivities included the singing of "The Croton Ode," performed by the New York Sacred Music Society, celebrating the completion of the 41-mile long Croton Aqueduct which supplied the city with water from Westchester County.










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