NYC H2O will be offering free tours of the Ridgewood Reservoir to community members and the public over the next three weekends.
The Ridgewood Reservoir in Highland Park is a 50+ acre natural oasis that straddles the border of Brooklyn and Queens. Built in 1859 to supply the once independent City of Brooklyn with high quality water, it became obsolete with the addition of new reservoirs in the Catskills in the 1950’s and was decommissioned in the 1980’s. Since then, nature took its course in a perfect case study of ecological succession. A lush and dense forest has grown in its two outside basins while a freshwater pond with waterfowl sits in the middle basin.
Join us to explore this incredible natural resource in the heart of NYC. Please make areservation here.
Join beer aficionado Chris Heuberger in a guided walking tour of Brewers Row dating from when Bushwick, Brooklyn was the brewing center of America. Critical to Bushwick's success was its ready access to quality water from the Ridgewood Reservoir and hops grown in upstate New York.
Learn stories of the breweries, beer, and people that made Bushwick into such a thriving brewing powerhouse. Come walk that history and see the 19th century historic brewery buildings built when Bushwick was a lively hub for the beer culture of German-speaking immigrants. And of course, we'll end at Bushwick's landmark bar, The Well, to enjoy a pint served up in the old Otto Huber brewery building. Teetotalers fully welcome.