Brady’s Pond…

Brady’s Pond…

Brady’s Pond is a large artificial pond that sits on what was the Haunted Swamp. Perhaps the noise of the abutting Staten Island Rapid Transit Railroad scared the ghosts off…? Now the 15-acre pond is an oasis amidst abundant houses. It is supposedly the only pond in the five-boroughs where swimming is allowed, but you have to be a member of the Cameron Club to get yourself wet. Membership is only permitted if you live within a certain radius. In 2008, ninety-five families were paying $500 a year for their membership. In the 1880s Philip Brady bought the pond, and it was there that he cut the ice that provided his income, and the pond’s name.

Bromley’s Atlas, 1917.

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