Spuyten Duyvil Creek

Spuyten Duyvil Creek

[spahyt-n dahy-vuhl]
Spuyten Duyvil Creek, tidal channel, now a ship canal, c.1 mi (1.6 km) long, SE N.Y., in New York City. It separates the northern tip of Manhattan island from the mainland and connects the Hudson and the Harlem rivers. It is crossed by the Henry Hudson Bridge and the Amtrak RR Bridge; the line was restored to its mainline passenger function in 1991.

Spuyten Duyvil Creek is a channel connecting the Hudson River to the Harlem River Ship Canal, and on to the Harlem River in New York City, separating the island of Manhattan from the Bronx and the rest of the mainland. The neighborhood named Spuyten Duyvil lies to the north of the creek.

Spuyten Duyvil Creek originally flowed north of Manhattan's Marble Hill. The construction of the Harlem River Ship Canal to the south of the neighborhood in 1895 turned Marble Hill into an island, and in 1914, when the original creekbed was filled in, Marble Hill became physically attached to the Bronx, though it remains part of the borough of Manhattan.

"Spuyten Duyvil" literally means "Devil's Spout" or "Spuitende Duivel" in Dutch; a reference to the strong and wild currents found at that location.

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