But there was a smaller reservoir just to the south--where the softball fields are in the picture above. It extended from 86th Street to Belvedere Castle, just north of 79th Street.
It became obsolete and was drained in 1930. But by then the Depression had set in, and the dry lake bed became a "Hooverville"--a community for the unemployed and homeless.
Here's a Then and Now:
What a difference 90 years makes.
Is this a great city or what?