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Encyclopedia > East River
New York City waterways: 1. Hudson River, 2. East River, 3. Long Island Sound, 4. Newark Bay, 5. Upper New York Bay, 6. Lower New York Bay, 7. Jamaica Bay, 8. Atlantic Ocean
Southern view of the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg bridges (front to back), seen from the East River.
Southern view of the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg bridges (front to back), seen from the East River.
The East River is shown in red on a satellite photo of New York City
The East River is shown in red on a satellite photo of New York City

The East River is both a tidal strait and a tidal estuary in New York City connecting Upper New York Bay on its south end to Long Island Sound on its north end. It separates Long Island as well as the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn from the island of Manhattan and the Bronx. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2652x2582, 6343 KB) A map showing the major waterways in New York City. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2652x2582, 6343 KB) A map showing the major waterways in New York City. ... View of the Hudson in the 1880s showing Jersey City The Hudson River, called Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk in Mahican, is a river running mainly through New York State but partly forming the boundary between the states of New York and New Jersey. ... New York City waterways: 1. ... Newark Bay, as seen from the waterfront of Bayonne, New Jersey Newark Bay is shown highlighted on a TERRA image of New York Harbor Newark Bay is a body of water, a tiday back bay of New York Harbor formed at the confluence of the Passaic and Hackensack rivers. ... Upper New York Bay, sometimes called Upper New York Harbor or the Upper Bay, is the northern area of New York Harbor inside the Narrows. ... Lower New York Bay is the section of New York Bay outside of the Narrows and open directly to the Atlantic Ocean. ... Jamaica Bay is a bay that lies in the shadow of New York Citys skyscrapers and is adjacent to one of the nations busiest airports. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1347 KB) Summary The Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges (front to back), as seen from the East River in New York City. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1347 KB) Summary The Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg Bridges (front to back), as seen from the East River in New York City. ... The East River is shown in red on a satellite photo of New York City. ... The East River is shown in red on a satellite photo of New York City. ... Simplified diagram A strait is a narrow channel of water that connects two larger bodies of water, and thus lies between two land masses. ... Estuaries and coastal waters are among the most productive ecosystems on Earth, providing numerous ecological, economic, cultural, and aesthetic benefits and services. ... The construction of the Empire State Building, 1930. ... Upper New York Bay, sometimes called Upper New York Harbor or the Upper Bay, is the northern area of New York Harbor inside the Narrows. ... New York City waterways: 1. ... The four counties of Long Island. ... Queens Borough in New York City, in yellow Queens is the largest of the five boroughs of New York City in area. ... A map highlighting Brooklyn and the rest of New York City. ... Manhattan Borough,highlighted in yellow, lies between the East River and the Hudson River. ... The Bronx is one of the five boroughs of New York City in the United States. ...


In reference to its connection to Long Island Sound, it was once also known as the Sound River.


The river is spanned by eight bridges, which from north to south are: A log bridge A bridge is a structure built to span a gorge, valley, road, railroad track, river, body of water, or any other physical obstacle. ...

Historically, the lower portion of the river (separating Manhattan from Brooklyn) was one of the busiest and most important channels in the world, particularly during the first three centuries of New York City's history. The Brooklyn Bridge, opened in 1883, was the first bridge to span the river, replacing frequent ferry service. (Some passenger ferry service remains between Queens and Manhattan.) Aerial view of the Throgs Neck Bridge The Throgs Neck Bridge is a suspension bridge opened on January 11, 1961 that carries US Interstate 295 and connects the Throggs Neck section of the Bronx with the Bayside section of Queens. ... Aerial view of the Bronx Whitestone Bridge The Bronx Whitestone Bridge is a suspension bridge that crosses the East River and connects the boroughs of Queens and The Bronx. ... Aerial view of the Triborough Bridge (left) and the Hell Gate Bridge (right) The Hell Gate Bridge (originally the New York Connecting Railroad Bridge) is a 1,017-foot (310 m) steel arch span over a portion of the East River known as Hell Gate. ... Aerial view of the Triborough Bridge (left) and the Hell Gate Bridge (right) The Triborough Bridge is a complex of three bridges connecting the New York City boroughs of the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens, using what were two islands, Wards Island and Randalls Island as intermediate right-of... The Roosevelt Island Bridge connects Roosevelt Island to Long Island City in Queens. ... Aerial view of the Queensboro Bridge and Midtown Manhattan, New York The Queensboro Bridge is a cantilever bridge over the East River in New York City. ... Fireworks on opening night, 1903. ... View from the East River Cross section Lower level of the Manhattan Bridge The Manhattan Bridge is a suspension bridge that crosses the East River in New York City, connecting Lower Manhattan with Brooklyn. ... The Brooklyn Bridge, view from just north of the South Street Seaport, Manhattan. ... The Brooklyn Bridge, view from just north of the South Street Seaport, Manhattan. ...


A total of thirteen tunnels run under the East River. Two of them, the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel and Queens-Midtown Tunnel, carry automobile traffic. One carries inter-city and commuter railroad traffic connecting to New York Penn Station. The remaining ten carry subway traffic. A disused railway tunnel now converted to pedestrian and bicycle use, near Houyet, Belgium A tunnel is an underground passage. ... The Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel is a toll road in New York City which crosses under the East River at its mouth and connects the Boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan, passing under but providing no access to Governors Island. ... The Queens Midtown Tunnel is a toll road in New York City crosses under the East River and connects the Borough of Queens at Long Island City terminus of I-495 with the Borough of Manhattan between the major crosstown thoroughfares of 34th and 42nd Streets in the Midtown Manhattan... For the Pennsylvania Station in Newark, New Jersey or Baltimore, Maryland, see Pennsylvania Station (Newark) or Pennsylvania Station (Baltimore). ... East River Subway Tunnels consist of numerous train lines that run under the East River in New York City as part of the New York Subway system. ...


The Bronx River drains into the East River in the northern section of the strait. The Bronx River is a river, approximately 20 mi (32 km) long, in southeast New York in the United States. ...


North of Ward's Island, it is joined by the Bronx Kill. Along the east of Ward's Island, at approximately the strait's midpoint, it narrows into a channel called Hell Gate, which is spanned by both the Triborough Bridge and the Hell Gate Bridge. On the south side of Ward's Island, it is joined by the Harlem River. Wards Island is situated in the East River in New York City. ... Bronx Kill is a narrow strait in New York City delineating the southernmost extent of The Bronx and separating it from Randalls Island. ... Hell Gate, shown in red, in a satellite photo of New York Harbor. ... Aerial view of the Triborough Bridge (left) and the Hell Gate Bridge (right) The Triborough Bridge is a complex of three bridges connecting the New York City boroughs of the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens, using what were two islands, Wards Island and Randalls Island as intermediate right-of... Aerial view of the Triborough Bridge (left) and the Hell Gate Bridge (right) The Hell Gate Bridge (originally the New York Connecting Railroad Bridge) is a 1,017-foot (310 m) steel arch span over a portion of the East River known as Hell Gate. ... The Harlem River, shown in red, between the Bronx and Manhattan in New York City The Harlem River is a tidal strait in New York City, USA that flows 8 miles between the East River and the Hudson River, separating the borough of Manhattan from the Bronx. ...


Newtown Creek on Long Island drains into the East River, forming part of the boundary between Queens and Brooklyn. Newtown Creek and its tributaries: Maspeth Creek, English Kills, and Dutch Kills Newtown Creek is a tributary of the East River, approximately 3. ...


The East River contains a number of islands, including:

View of Rikers Island Rikers Island is New York Citys largest jail facility, sitting on a 415 acre (1. ... North Brother Island is an island in the East River situated between the Bronx and Rikers Island. ... South Brother Island is one of a pair of small islands in the East River situated between the Bronx and Rikers Island. ... Wards Island is situated in the East River in New York City. ... Randalls Island is situated in the East River in New York City. ... Land reclamation is either of two distinct practices. ... Roosevelt Island, pop. ... U Thant Island, officially Belmont Island, is an island in the East River across from United Nations headquarters at 42nd Street on Manhattan in New York City. ...

See also

This is a list of rivers in the state of New York in the United States. ...

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East River - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (412 words)
The East River is both a tidal strait and a tidal estuary in New York City connecting Upper New York Bay on its south end to Long Island Sound on its north end.
Historically, the lower portion of the river (separating Manhattan from Brooklyn) was one of the busiest and most important channels in the world, particularly during the first three centuries of New York City's history.
Along the east of Ward's Island, at approximately the strait's midpoint, it narrows into a channel called Hell Gate, which is spanned by both the Triborough Bridge and the Hell Gate Bridge.
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