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The High Bridge Water Tower, one of northern Manhattan?s best-known structures, was closed indefinitely to the public this week because of safety concerns and will likely need $1 million in repairs, the Parks Department said.
Parks officials said they were so alarmed by the condition of the tower’s roof and windows that a contractor was called in on an emergency basis this week to secure the structure, which dates back to 1872 and is landmarked.
After stabilizing the structure, the contractor told the Parks Department that the tower was no longer a danger to the immediate area.
Parks is currently planning a more extensive assessment of the concrete and steel frame of the majestic tower, which overlooks the scenic Harlem River along 174th Street near Amsterdam Avenue.