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Death of the Collect Pond

 
 
Death of the Collect Pond Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 6, 2015
1. Death of the Collect Pond Marker
Inscription.  
By 1796, a city engineer deemed Collect Pond to be stagnant and foul. A plan emerged to cleanse the pond and reconstruct it as a ship harbor with a channel to the Hudson River, but that plan was rejected. Instead, in 1803, the city decided to bury the pond.

At first, the pond was filled with clean soil cut from the hills around it. But as the years passed, the spring-fed pond refused to disappear, so carters were paid to dump anything, including garbage, into the pond site.

By 1808, mud and rubbish formed a mound of several acres that loomed over the remaining water. An 1812 grand jury determined that the pond contained “great quantities of stagnant water…dead animals and filth of all kinds.”
 
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 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, next to this
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.
marker); The Legendary Collect Pond (here, next to this marker); Collect Pond Before The City (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.
 
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Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 6, 2015
3. Inset
The pond’s precise burial date is unknown. Its final appearance on a city map was in 1808, designated not as a pond, but as the center of the city’s Sixth Ward.
Inset image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 6, 2015
4. Inset
The only known contemporary depiction of the pond is a romanticized vision of the area, which had already been degraded by the expanding city.
 
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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 34 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.
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