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Ridgewood Reservoir

Better late than never! Early spring trip to the Ridgewood Reservoir. Built in the 1800s, Ridgewood Reservoir still played an important part in keeping Brooklyn residents hydrated as recently as 1959. Originally, water that was stored in the reservoir traveled by aqueduct to steam-powered pumping stations!

Here are teams of engineers trying to design a successful aqueduct using straws and tape.

 

Lola’s face = the thrill of success!

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Once they got their little aqueducts to work, the kids banded together to build a GIGANTIC aqueduct on the stairs.

Now that the Reservoir has been decommissioned, it is a lovely place to birdwatch. We spotted male redwood blackwings posturing to try and attract mates. They flex their wing muscles to highlight vibrant red feathers.

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