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For just about forever, Manhattanites have had a hard time securing reliable access to clean water. (It wasn't just Collect Pond's pollution in the 17th and 18th centuries that made it hard.) The Museum of the City of New York dives right into the dense island's hydration difficulties, documenting them from the days of Native Americans, fires, and street waste to the construction of various reservoirs and the Croton Aqueduct. Anyone else thirsty? [MCNY; previously]

Museum of the City of New York

1220 5th Avenue, Manhattan, NY 10029 (212) 534-1672 Visit Website