Harlem River

The Harlem River is an 8-mile (13 km) tidal strait in New York, United States, flowing between the Hudson River and the East River and separating the island of Manhattan from the Bronx on the New York mainland.

The northern stretch, also called the Spuyten Duyvil ("spewing devil") Creek, has been significantly altered for navigation purposes. Originally it curved around the north of Marble Hill, but in 1895 the Harlem River Ship Canal was dug between Manhattan and Marble Hill, and in 1914 the original course was filled in.

Crossings

Crossing Image Carries Location Coordinates
Wards Island Bridge

Top: closed position
bottom: open position

Pedestrian/bicycle Manhattan and Wards Island 40.7861°N 73.9371°W / 40.7861; -73.9371 (Ward's Island Bridge)
Robert F. Kennedy Triboro Lift Bridge (Harlem Lift Bridge) NY State Route 900G (6 road lanes) Manhattan and Randall's Island 40.8003°N 73.9278°W / 40.8003; -73.9278 (RFK Triboro Lift Bridge)
Willis Avenue Bridge Top: 1901 bridge;
bottom: 2010 bridge
Northbound auto traffic; Pedestrian/bicycle Manhattan and the Bronx 40.8035°N 73.9289°W / 40.8035; -73.9289 (Willis Avenue Bridge)
Third Avenue Bridge Southbound auto traffic; Pedestrian/bicycle Manhattan and the Bronx 40.8076°N 73.9325°W / 40.8076; -73.9325 (Third Avenue Bridge)
Lexington Avenue Tunnel IRT Lexington Avenue Line ( trains) Manhattan and the Bronx 40.8095°N 73.9332°W / 40.8095; -73.9332 (Lexington Avenue Tunnel)
Park Avenue Bridge Metro-North Railroad Manhattan and the Bronx 40.8111°N 73.9333°W / 40.8111; -73.9333 (Park Avenue Bridge)
Madison Avenue Bridge Southbound/eastbound auto traffic; pedestrian/bicycle Manhattan and the Bronx 40.8115°N 73.9327°W / 40.8115; -73.9327 (Madison Avenue Bridge)
149th Street Tunnel IRT White Plains Road Line ( train) Manhattan and the Bronx 40.8189°N 73.9331°W / 40.8189; -73.9331 (149th Street Tunnel)
145th Street Bridge Westbound/eastbound auto traffic; pedestrian/bicycle Manhattan and the Bronx 40.8195°N 73.9331°W / 40.8195; -73.9331 (145th Street Bridge)
Macombs Dam Bridge Westbound/eastbound auto traffic; pedestrian/bicycle Manhattan and the Bronx 40.8281°N 73.9339°W / 40.8281; -73.9339 (Macombs Dam Bridge)
Putnam Bridge (1881-1960) Ninth Avenue El Manhattan and the Bronx 40.8322°N 73.9343°W / 40.8322; -73.9343 (Putnam Bridge)
Concourse Tunnel IND Concourse Line ( trains) Manhattan and the Bronx 40.8306°N 73.9341°W / 40.8306; -73.9341 (Concourse Tunnel)
High Bridge Pedestrian Manhattan and the Bronx 40.8423°N 73.9303°W / 40.8423; -73.9303 (High Bridge)
Alexander Hamilton Bridge Interstate 95
U.S. Route 1
Manhattan and the Bronx 40.8456°N 73.9287°W / 40.8456; -73.9287 (Alexander Hamilton Bridge)
Washington Bridge Westbound/eastbound auto traffic; pedestrian/bicycle Manhattan and the Bronx 40.8469°N 73.9281°W / 40.8469; -73.9281 (Washington Bridge)
University Heights Bridge Westbound/eastbound auto traffic; pedestrian/bicycle Manhattan and the Bronx 40.8628°N 73.9150°W / 40.8628; -73.9150 (University Heights Bridge)
Broadway Bridge US 9
IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line ( train)
Manhattan Island and Marble Hill, Manhattan 40.8736°N 73.9111°W / 40.8736; -73.9111 (Broadway Bridge)
Henry Hudson Bridge NY 9A
Henry Hudson Parkway
Manhattan and the Bronx 40.8779°N 73.9218°W / 40.8779; -73.9218 (Henry Hudson Bridge)
Spuyten Duyvil Bridge Amtrak Empire Connection Manhattan and the Bronx 40.8783°N 73.9256°W / 40.8783; -73.9256 (Spuyten Duyvil Bridge)

See also

  • Geography of New York City
  • Geography of New York Harbor
  • List of New York rivers
  • Botella, Rodrigue Ruiz. Harlem River. ISBN 978-1-702-82578-8., a novel that highlight the Harlem River and its surroundings

References

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