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Collect Pond Before The City

 
 
Collect Pond Before The City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 6, 2015
1. Collect Pond Before The City Marker
Inscription.  
If you were standing here in the early 1600s, you would have seen a sparkling expanse of water spreading out over five acres. There was a pond here sixty feet deep, fed by a subterranean springs and ringed by wooded hills, that drained through marshy outlets to the Hudson and East Rivers. People from Lenape tribes camped by the pond’s southern shores.

Dutch settlers called the pond Versch Water of simply the kolch (meaning pond). English colonial successors used both names, translating the first as ‘the Fresh Water” and anglicizing the later as ‘the Collect’.

As the city grew and rapidly displaced nature, the fresh Collect Pond became degraded and was later buried beneath the metropolis.


 
Erected by NYC Parks.
 
Location. 40° 42.979′ N, 74° 0.123′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Lafayette Street near Leonard Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10013, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Collect Pond and the City (here,
Collect Pond Park image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 8, 2015
2. Collect Pond Park
The markers are visible to the left. The park was rehabilitated 2012. The "Pond" had not been filled for the season.
next to this marker); Death of the Collect Pond (here, next to this marker); The Legendary Collect Pond (here, next to this marker); From Collect Pond To Park (here, next to this marker); “The Tombs” – A Mausoleum for the Living (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); Collect Pond Park (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); Abraham De Peyster Statue (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Engine Company 31 (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Categories. Colonial EraNative AmericansParks & Recreational Areas
 
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 6, 2015
3. Inset
Re-creation of the Collect Pond area as encountered by Henry Hudson in 1609. The smoke from fires indicates temporary Lenape encampments.
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 6, 2015
4. Inset
Collect Pond and surrounding landscape overlaid with the street grid.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 5, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 5, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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