Wednesday, November 30, 2011

In praise of public works

The New Croton Dam was built 1892-1906 largely by stone masons who were brought over from southern Italy without their families.  Each stone weighs 2,500 - 3,500 lbs.
Instead of a device designed to hold 34 billion gallons

What was once Croton River is now 20 miles of Croton Lake
of fresh water for New York City,

As schoolboys we climbed up the spillway
think of the New Croton Dam as a sculpture.

The closer you get,

the more beautiful

it is

1 comment:

Judith said...

Great really great. The pictures brought back memories of the place, your words made me hear the water, in my heart I saw Luigi Pataloni and his brother eating their lunch of wine and stromboli's on a stone in the shade. I just channeled Sylvia Kurson for you. Love ya' too, Judy Fay