Midtown Was Once Home To A Reservoir, "With Moonlight Dancing On The Water"

The Croton Reservoir in the 1800s

Courtesy of the NYPL

"Fifth Avenue looking south, 1880, Rutgers Female College, left, reservoir, right."

"The Distributing Reservoir, Forty-Second Street And Fifth Avenue. 1882."

<p>circa 1865</p>

Fifth Avenue in 1879, looking south.

42nd Street reservoir, looking west at street level, cart, right.

Demolition of the Croton Reservoir