Spuyten Duyvil

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.

An Amtrak Empire Service train passed over the Spuyten Duyvil Bridge Saturday morning heading for Albany from Penn Station, with the Henry Hudson Bridge carrying the Henry Hudson Parkway looming behind
The bridge opens on demand for ships and boats, Amtrak schedule permitting, including this Circle Line sightseeing boat on Saturday
Evelyn Cutler emerged from the fog shrouding Yonkers and the Cuomo Bridge farther north, heading for an anchorage in the Harbor
Nicole Reinauer passed the Spuyten Duyvil neighborhood with an empty barge, heading for the Kinder Morgan terminal in Perth Amboy
A paddle border enjoyed the flat conditions Saturday morning approaching the George Washington Bridge. When we spoke to her by the Dyckman Marina, she indicated she had come all the way up from Pier 84, a distance of over 8 miles. She didn’t say what her plans were but presumably she rode the ebb tide all the way back. The animal swimming towards her from the shore is not a marine mammal but rather a retriever dog playing fetch.
In Harlem, these geese were proud parents to an only child. The kayak dock in the background was wrecked in Hurricane Sandy only a short time after it was installed and, similar to the kayak dock at 72nd Street, it has not been repaired.
Further south, Saint Emilion remains at anchor off 84th Street
Looking back to Friday evening, we saw this cement barge being pushed back to the Lafarge plant in Ravenna after leaving the College Point terminal

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