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
Duyvil lies to the north of the creek.
Duyvil Creek originally flowed north of Manhattan's Marble
Early 1900s map displaying the
original path of Spuyten Duyvil Creek.
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.
Another realignment of the creek occurred in the 1930s, to the west
of the original realignment. This had the opposite effect: It
separated a portion of the Bronx and resulted in its attachment to
"Spuyten Duyvil" literally means "Devil's Spout" or Spuitende
; a reference to
the strong and wild currents found at that location.