Waterfront views and Ella Fitzgerald’s childhood home – now Yonkers has public poetry! A poet laureate is Jazzin’ Up The Trail with walkers and bikers on the Old Croton Aqueduct trail. No other state park shows off poetry. But Yonkers first Poet Laureate, Golda Solomon, was enthused. “I want to see ALL of Yonkers shine and appreciate poetry the way I do!”
Golda is a vital seasoned-in-years woman, and a Yonkers resident. She is an Adjunct Assoc. Professor CUNY (Borough of Manhattan Community College), poet-in-residence Blue Door Art Center, spoken word performer, and the creator of Po’Jazz (Poetry in Partnership with Jazz), plus the Jazz And Poetry Choir Collective.
The wooded trail is 66 feet wide (New York’s skinniest state park), and winds from the north edge of Van Cortlandt Park to the Croton Dam. The Old Croton Aqueduct tunnel, directly underneath the trail, is part of the extraordinary story of how New York City got clean water.
Jazzin’ Up The Trail poems are presently posted in Yonkers at Palisade Avenue, Summit Street and Walnut Street. They will move monthly, so that everyone who walks “their part” of the aqueduct trail in Yonkers can enjoy the poetry.