Pushed by Bronx residents and the Friend of Van Cortland Park, a long forgotten buried brook underneath the park may be brought back to the surface if a NYC Parks Department study on environmental impact proves beneficial.
By “daylighting” the stream, the city would divert the brook to a slightly different route above ground and keep it separate from the sewers. Green spaces on both sides of the stream would absorb storm water, just like the wetlands once did. “We want to have the Tibbetts Brook do what it used to do: naturally go into the Harlem River,” said Christina Taylor, executive director of Friends of Van Cortlandt Park.
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