About Spuyten Duyvil...

As Beautiful As Living in New York Can Possibly Be. Spuyten Duyvil.


Spuyten Duyvil is at the southernmost tip of Riverdale - indeed some of the residents of Spuyten Duyvil just say they live in Spuyten Duyvil but it is considered a part of Riverdale. Spuyten Duyvil has many private homes and apartment buildings near the River. Spuyten Duyvil has its own post office on Kappock Street along with a lovely shopping area that seems to be for the residents of that area only but of course is open to all.

From Spuyten Duyvil you walk along Palisade Avenue to get the best walk of the community - some of the walk has glorious river views.

Spuyten Duyvil
Retold by S.E. Schlosser

Once in old New Amsterdam, there was a brave trumpeter named Anthony Van Corlaer who would blow his trumpet when Peter Stuyvesant wanted to call the people together.

One night, Peter received word that the English were going to attack New Amsterdam. He sent Anthony to warn the Dutch colonists along the Hudson and to call the people to fight. A storm was brewing. When Anthony reached the tip of Manhattan Island, there was no ferry to take him across the tide creek which connects the Harlem and Hudson Rivers at the tip of Manhattan Island. Anthony called out for the ferryman, but there was no answer. Conscious of his important mission, Anthony decided he would swim across the creek in spite of the devil (in spuyt den duyvil).

Well, the Devil heard Anthony calling for the ferryman, and when Anthony was well into the middle of the creek, the Devil caught him by the leg. Anthony pulled out his trumpet and blew a terrific blast, louder than the wind. It startled the Devil so much that he let go of Anthony's leg. But Anthony did not have strength enough after his fight with the Devil to swim the creek, and so he drowned.

For many years after this, folks living at the northern tip of Manhattan claimed they would hear Anthony's trumpet blow louder than the wind on nights when it stormed. And the creek where Anthony met his fate was called Spuyten Duyvil.

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