Central Park’s Secret Stream

Central Park was supposed to cost $1.5 million dollars to construct. Today that would be $35,135,360. But in 1859, $3.5 million had gone into it’s construction ($82 million today). As a result, the northern part of Central Park was more rugged and untamed than the southern half. As a result, it’s the location of one of Manhattan’s last original bodies of water.

Harlem Meer
Harlem Meer is fed by Montayne’s Rivulet, Central Park's secret stream

During the development of New York City, and Central Park, architects almost completely changed the landscape of the island of Manhattan. The area was formerly hilly and swampy, nothing like the orderly grid of streets that exists today. Central Park also is almost entirely man made. Most of the bodies of water are fed from city drinking water. But that’s not true of The Pool, a small body of water near the Great Hill. It was created by enlarging one of New York’s original streams, Montayne’s Rivulet. Recently “Secrets of New York” sent host Kelly Choi to Central Park to meet with Central Park Conservancy President Doug Blonsky to get a closer look at New York’s secret stream.

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