Bridge No. 24

Bridge No. 24, one of the oldest cast-iron bridges in America, features a particularly elaborate Victorian design. It was originally built to allow pedestrians to stroll to the south gate house of the Reservoir without having to cross paths with the horses on the bridle path below. Today, it is commonly used by runners warming up before they enter the Reservoir’s running path, and by visitors admiring the skyline view.

While most of the bridges in Central Park have a name along with a number, three do not. They are Bridge No. 24, Bridge No. 27, and Bridge No. 28, the three cast-iron bridges that take pedestrians above the bridle path.

One of the other distinguishing features of Bridge No. 24 can be spotted on its paving stones. The inscriptions found on these granite stones at Gilder Run include names, tributes, and memories for Park visitors to read for years to come.


East Side at 86th Street

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