New York Roads - Spuyten Duyvil

Spuyten Duyvil and Henry Hudson Bridge
(NY 9A/Henry Hudson Pkwy.)

"Spuyten Duyvil" looks like "spouting devil," and that's exactly what it is in Dutch, the language of the first European settlers of lower New York. This former demi-peninsula of the Bronx was connected to land when the Harlem River was rerouted, joining Manhattan's Marble Hill to the mainland. However, it's still tricky to get to, due to its peninsular topography. A few streets wind in from the east, and your best connection is NY 9A, Henry Hudson Parkway. The photos on this page are from one little area of the neighborhood in particular, down by the Harlem River and Spuyten Duyvil Creek, that's particularly isolated. Despite the train station being down here, the only ways in are off of Kappock St. or Johnson Ave., requiring a pair of unassuming turns to get down to Edsall Ave. The reward for finding it: the clearest possible views of the Henry Hudson Bridge without being on a boat.

Without further adieu, possible bridge views from the train platform looking south at Manhattan. Spuyten Duyvil Creek is in the background.

More creek views. It's hard to believe this is Manhattan.

Looking west from the east end of the platform. There's a lot more that comes into view from this direction, so I'll break it up for your enjoyment:

First, the Spuyten Duyvil Bridge, a railroad swing span that carries the West Side Line (now part of Amtrak) through several parks alongside Henry Hudson Parkway.

Behind that, the Palisades of New Jersey, which only get really tall and spectacular up here across from the Bronx.

Onto NY 9A/Henry Hudson Parkway
Onto Henry Hudson Parkway alone

Into Manhattan
Into the Bronx
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