Friday, June 1, 2012

hanging at River Park

A waterfall in the Bronx?


Yeah, really. 
Niagara has nothing to worry about.
But with a 13 foot drop at the spillway, the River Park waterfall at 180th and Boston Road is as good as we get in Boogie down.

Created at about the same time as our ClockTower in the late 1800’s, this dam provided energy for a mill built on the banks.
The mill is gone but the falls remain, acting as a salt water barrier for the Bronx River.

The river above the falls is fresh water. 

Everything below the falls is tidal, and measurably saline for the estuarial influences.  

It’s way too dangerous to swim but there’s nothing that says you can’t hang off the fence upside down.

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