A Day in the City: Part 1 of 3
Saturday, July 28th, was a special day. Myself, my mother, and a friend spent the day in New York, New York, the city so nice, they named it twice (thank you, David Letterman). It was an invitation from my brother and his friend, Jon that sparked this day trip. They have been renovating their house for 2 years, and wanted us to see how far they have come.
My brother, Vincent, bought this fabulous house in an area that is considered Manhattan and the Bronx. The neighborhood is called Marble Hill, and was once part of the Manhattan Island. It is now separated from the island by a river. The river, which is known as the Harlem River, and is located just south of 225th street, was once located where 230th street now lies, just north of his Marble Hill neighborhood. In the late 1800’s, some enterprising people planned, and executed rerouting the river. An unimaginable feat, especially back then, in my estimation.
The rerouting of the river was the result of the need to accommodate an increase in shipping traffic from the Hudson River to the Harlem River. This new section of river was dubbed the “Harlem River Ship Canal.” Making this change physically separated Marble Hill from the Manhattan island. Marble Hill continues to be politically governed by Manhattan and New York County, thus maintaining its “Manhattan” status. The preservation of this status was insisted upon by its residents at the time this historic change took place.
More recently, Marble Hill has been revived by an influx of eateries and shopping places like Applebees, Starbucks, Marshalls, and Target. The 225th street subway station sits high above the corner of Broadway and 225th street, and is a direct beeline to downtown Manhattan. The neighborhood bodegas still exist and thrive, as well as numerous apartment buildings, single family homes, and schools.
This neighborhood is a mecca for interesting history and NYC convenience.