black holes and gray matter. in one thousand tangos.

             

NYC’s “first drinking fountains were installed after the Croton Aqueduct began bringing down fresh water from north of the city in the 1840s.

Touring the fountains, you can sip a bit of New York history.

The 1888 Temperance Fountain in Tompkins Square Park was a gift from a doctor who hoped it would encourage residents to drink less alcohol. 

fountain in Union Square from 1881 features a woman with a baby and a child to remind New Yorkers of the virtues of charity. And the 1992 Friedel Memorial Drinking Fountain in Central Park features the likeness of a beloved dog.”

“New York City tap water is healthy, affordable and safe. We perform more than half a million tests a year to confirm that.”

Plumbers are fine-tuning more than 3,100 fountains in NYC this month - by May, they’ll all be spouting.

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