Lourdes Hernandez Cordero works just blocks from Highbridge Park in Washington Heights, but never noticed the long-shuttered elegant 19th-century pedestrian bridge that gave the park its name.

When the Columbia University researcher first stumbled onto the High Bridge – which starts in the park and spans the Harlem River, connecting Washington Heights to the Bronx’s Highbridge neighborhood – she was stunned.

“It was like bumping into a treasure hidden in a big chest and dusting it off and saying, ‘Oh my God. I have to put this in a place of honor,'” she said.
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