Summer pilot will extend closure time to 10 p.m. daily through September
Mayor Eric Adams and NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue today announced a pilot that will extend High Bridge hours this summer, giving New Yorkers expanded access to the iconic landmark connecting the Bronx and Manhattan. The pilot will move the bridge’s closure time from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. starting today through September 30, 2022.
“Our green spaces and public parks were lifelines for so many New Yorkers over the past two years of the pandemic,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “The High Bridge is an iconic place with some of the most breathtaking views the city has to offer over the Harlem River and I’m proud to expand the hours so more New Yorkers can enjoy it as we head into summer.”
“Summer is here and what better way to enjoy our longer daylight hours than by using some of our City’s best assets – our parks,” said Deputy Mayor for Operations Meera Joshi. “Extending The High Bridge hours for New Yorkers will give access to greener, cooler space as the temperature rises in the warmer months.”
“The High Bridge is a historic connection between neighborhoods, boroughs, and parkland – and now through this pilot, New Yorkers will have expanded access this summer!” said NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue. “We are happy to keep the bridge open until 10 p.m. through September for Manhattan and Bronx residents to enjoy.”
The High Bridge is New York City’s oldest standing bridge and a historic passageway between the neighborhoods of Washington Heights in Manhattan and Highbridge in the Bronx. In 2015, the restored bridge was reopened after being closed for more than four decades. As the only interborough bridge designed exclusively for pedestrians and bicyclists, the High Bridge provides New Yorkers with access to more than 125 acres of parkland including Highbridge Pool, baseball fields, basketball courts, bike trails, a skatepark, playgrounds and lawns.
“I’m extremely pleased that we were able to come together with an uptown, multi-borough campaign to extend the hours of accessibility on the High Bridge until 10 pm this summer. The High Bridge is a crucial connection for pedestrians and cyclists since it is the only way to get between Manhattan and the Bronx without a car, and this green space is truly a lifeline for many during these hot summer months. I want to thank everyone in the community who worked alongside Borough President Gibson, myself, and the Mayor to make this a reality,” said Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine.
“During the pandemic, New Yorkers turned to our parks and open spaces as recreational opportunities for their children and families. Today’s Announcement by Mayor Eric Adams and Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue of a pilot program to expand the hours of The High Bridge recognizes the importance of providing access to our open spaces to serve more families particularly as the summer season is approaching. I’m pleased to see The High Bridge prioritized as a major anchor of recreation and open space that connects our residents from the Bronx to Northern Manhattan. The High Bridge is the oldest standing walking bridge in our City and as a result of this pilot program, more Bronxites will have access to it. My gratitude to my Colleagues, Manhattan Borough President Mark D. Levine, Council Member Carmen De La Rosa and Council Member Althea Stevens for their commitment and partnership,” said Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson.
The High Bridge will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. through September 30, 2022. Visit the NYC Parks website to learn more about the High Bridge.