New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Collect Pond and the City
When New York was a small town at the southern tip of Manhattan, Collect Pond was a place for recreation: fishing in the summer and skating in the winter. Fishing in the pond was so popular that in 1734 the city banned nets, allowing people only to use hook and line.
Eventually, however, the pond was fouled by industrial uses and pressures from the advancing population. Tanneries, slaughterhouses, and other noxious industries that utilized large amounts of fresh water began to locate near the pond in the 1690s.
Area residents also contributed to the pollution, leading to a 1778 ban on laundering in the pond, which was largely ignored. In 1785, the New York Journal reported “suds and filth are emptied into this pond, besides dead dogs, cats, etc. thrown in daily, and no doubt, many buckets (of bodily waste) from that quarter of town.”
Erected by NYC Parks.
Location. 40° 42.979′ N, 74° 0.122′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Lafayette Street near 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 Before The City (here, 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 Era • Industry & Commerce • Parks & Recreational Areas •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 6, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 6, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.