The Croton Reservoir
The reservoir, at Fifth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets, was the tallest thing in the neighborhood. Strolling around the edge must have been one of the strangest things you could do in the City. Edgar Allan Poe was a fan:
Incidentally, there is a drawing of Poe by the illustrator B.J. Rosenmeyer which depicts the writer crossing the High Bridge, backdropped by a gloomy winterscape. Poe lived, gloomily, in a cottage in the Bronx. He liked to cross the bridge—at the time the only bridge connecting Manhattan to anywhere—but never saw the tower: it was erected 20 years after he died.