Hutchinson River, Bronx

At the city’s extreme northeast is Pelham Bay Park, a vast greensward that is three times the size of Central Park. One could not feel more distant from the city when visiting the park’s destinations: Orchard Beach, Bartow-Pell Mansion, Split Rock Golf Course, and the trails of Hunter Island and Twin Islands. On the inland side of the park is the Hutchinson River, known to most New Yorkers as the namesake of the parkway that follows its course.

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The river has a history relating to the conflict among Puritan colonists in New England that led to the English annexation of New Netherlands.

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Westchester Creek, Bronx

On my travels north from home, I often use the Whitestone Bridge, whose roadway continues north as the Huthinson River Parkway. After emerging from the tangle of ramps it shares with Cross Bronx Expressway and Bruckner Expressway, it follows a stream for nearly a mile. But it’s not the parkway’s namesake. Not yet.

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It’s an obscure inlet that shares its name with the county to the city’s north. This is the story of Westchester Creek. Continue reading

Forgotten-NY Visits Reed’s Mill Lane

This week, Forgotten-NY published a photo essay on Reed’s Mill Lane, an obscure street in the Eastchester section of the Bronx. As its name suggests, it once took travelers to a mill that dammed Rattlesnake Brook.

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Most of the brook is channeled beneath the neighborhood, with the exception of Seton Falls Park, where the brook’s course includes a small waterfall.

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