Daily observations on the Hudson River as it passes through New York City. The section of the Hudson which passes through New York is historically known as the North River, called this by the Dutch to distinguish it from the Delaware River, which they knew as the South River. This stretch of the Hudson is still often referred to as the North River by local mariners today. All photos by Daniel Katzive unless otherwise attributed. Twitter @dannykatman
Spuyten Duyvil is the name of the neighborhood in the Bronx directly across the mouth of the Harlem River from the northernmost point of Manhattan. It is also the name of the rail bridge which spans the Harlem River at that point,and the creek which originally flowed from here to the Harlem River. When the creek was widened and filled in and a canal dug through Marble Hill, the body of water separating the north end of Manhattan and the Bronx became known simply as an extension of the Harlem River. While there is no agreed definition of the limits of the North River section of the Hudson, the Spuyten Duyvil Bridge would be a reasonable demarcation point.
The name Spuyten Duyvil of course comes from Dutch, but it is not exactly Dutch and time has obscured what it was intended to mean, with a number of theories out there. The Wikipedia entry for Spuyten Duyvil has a good survey of the various views on the etymology of the name.
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