Travel & Places
Whats readily apparent at spuyten duyvil station?
Asked in Cathedral and Church History
When was Edgehill Church at Spuyten Duyvil created?
Asked in Libraries and Library History
What is the phone number of the Spuyten Duyvil Branch in Bronx?
Asked in Actors & Actresses
What actors and actresses appeared in Spuyten Duyvil - 2008?
Asked in Bridges and Tunnels
Where is the operator for the Spuyten Duyvil swing bridge?
There is a bridge operator located in a house above the center of the main span. He communicates with the train dispatcher. There are approximately 30 Amtrak trains that cross the bridge each day. The bridge remains open by default and is closed only when a train needs to cross it. Since the train schedule is regular, the bridge operator is only present when needed.
Are there old maps and pictures of Spyuten Dyuvil?
There is a book called Riverdale, Kingsbridge & Spuyten Duyvil, by William A Tieck published by Fleming Revell in 1968. It was printed as a limited edition, but is available at the New York Public Library if you live in NYC, or at other major metropolitan libraries. It has many pictures of the area and some maps. go to http://www.forgotten-ny.com/STREET%2520SCENES/spuytenduyvil/spuyten.html correction...go to http://www.forgotten-ny.com/STREET%20SCENES/spuytenduyvil/spuyten.html
Asked in New York City, Bridges and Tunnels
What bridges cross the Harlem River?
Fourteen bridges span the Harlem River. In order from north to south, they are the: 1) Spuyten Duyvil Bridge 2) Henry Hudson Bridge 3) Broadway Bridge 4) 207th Street-University Heights Bridge 5) Washington Bridge 6) Alexander Hamilton Bridge 7) High Bridge (the oldest bridge in New York City, though no longer in use) 8) Macombs Dam Bridge 9) 145th Street Bridge 10) Madison Avenue Bridge 11) 3rd Avenue Bridge 12) Willis Avenue Bridge 13) Triboro aka RFK (Robert F. Kennedy) Bridge 14) Wards Island Bridge.
Asked in Manhattan NYC
Is the East River off Manhattan in New York a true river or is it an estuary of the Atlantic Ocean?
The East River is a tidal strait. It's a strait in that it is a "water passage" between Manhattan and Long Island. Because of tides, it appears to flow like a river. It's not an actual river because it connects on both ends to the ocean. Rivers flow from inland fresh water sources (such as mountain runoff or springs). The Hudson River, on Manhattan's West side, is a true river. It flows downstream from the North. Accordingly, the East River is salt water, the Hudson is fresh water. The East River is not an estuary, though--an estuary is the point of mingling of a river and the ocean. The mouth of the Hudson, though, while perhaps technically forming an estuary, flows around various islands and is channeled to the point that the distinction isn't worth making, as long as you ignore Spuyten Duyvil. You could say the East River is associated with an estuary, but it isn't one itself. One other thing: while the Hudson River does carry fresh water from upstate, the salt water from the Atlantic mingles upstream as far as Poughkeepsie, depending on tides, so it's pretty salty when it hits Manhattan.
Asked in New York, New York Islanders, Bahamas
What are the names of the islands which make up New York?
It is hard to count exactly how many islands there are because they are difficult to define. Some, particularly in Jamaica Bay, are really islets, reefs, or bars. Many are artificial, created by landfill. Some have been joined to other bodies of land and have lost their individual identity. The largest are home to hundreds of thousands of people. Others are no more than a rocky scrap of land scarcely above water. Some have eroded, some have grown, several have disappeared, others are even now being built. During nearly 400 years of colonial, federal and state government, the smaller islands have had their names, usages, and physical dimensions changed according to the fashion and needs of the times. Staten Island is in the bottom left-hand corner, nestled into the curve of New Jersey. Shaped like an upside-down pear, it is almost 14 miles long and roughly seven miles broad at its widest point. One of the five boroughs of New York City, it is defined on the west and north by the salt water estuaries of Arthur Kill and Kill van Kull and by Upper New York Bay. The Atlantic washes its south-southeast shoreline, while the mile-wide tidal strait know as "The Narrows" separates it from the borough of Brooklyn. There are several islands on the Atlantic shore of Staten Island, and several in the waters between Staten Island and New Jersey. Manhattan, another borough, is crowded onto the tip of a peninsula jutting south from the New York State mainland into Upper New York Bay. The Hudson River, separating the west side of Manhattan from New Jersey, is a true river. The East River, flowing between the east side of Manhattan and the borough of Queens, is actually another salt water estuary, or tidal strait, which varies in depth and narrowness by tidal fluctuations. The third waterway defining Manhattan is the Harlem River. The Harlem is also an estuary. It became a ship canal when Spuyten Duyvil Creek, a non-navigable stream in the northern section of what is now Manhattan, was filled in and a channel created to connect the Hudson River and Long Island Sound. Five hundred yards off the tip of Manhattan is Governors Island, the colonial watchdog of New York Harbor. Rich in history, it belongs to the U.S. government and was used for military purposes until the mid-1990's. Roosevelt Island, a former sandbar in the lower East River, 147 acres of residential and commercial use, adds another 8,000 people to the population of Manhattan. Further north, where the East River joins the Long Island Sound, are the islands of North Brother, South Brother and Rikers. There, also, at the juncture of Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx, under the Triborough Bridge, are Randalls Island and Wards Island. The borough of the Bronx is north and east of Manhattan, separated from it by the Harlem River. The widest parts of the East River are at the southern edge of the Bronx while Long Island Sound touches its eastern shoreline. Although not an island, the Bronx has as much, if not more shoreline than any borough except Staten Island. In the Sound itself are Hart Island and City Island, plus smaller islands such as High Island, Twin Islands, Rat Island, Green Flats, Hog Island and several rocky islets. South of Long Island Sound, covering the western end of Long Island, are Queens and Brooklyn. The twenty square miles of Jamaica Bay and its sprawl of islands are surrounded by Brooklyn, South Queens, and the narrow peninsula of the Rockaways with an entrance to the Lower New York Bay. Here, too, are several islands near Sheephead's Bay. Brooklyn occupies the tip of Long Island. Governors Island, so close to Manhattan, is even closer to Brooklyn. They are divided by the Buttermilk Channel. The peninsula of Coney Island, protruding into the Lower New York Bay from the southwest corner of Brooklyn, was once an island. On the other side of Manhattan, near the New Jersey shore, are Ellis Island of immigration fame and Liberty Island with its welcoming statue. These are in Upper New York Bay just north of Staten Island. ----