Walking to Riverdale / Spuyten Duyvil from the Heights

Just a quick note for those who might be interested in making the walk: Most are probably aware that one can walk up Broadway, over the Broadway Bridge to the mainland, and past the Marble Hill section of Manhattan (yes, that’s still Manhattan), before hanging a left to head up the hill and into Riverdale. While this route will get you there, it’s not terribly direct as it sends you well east, requiring you to swing back west to get to Riverdale.

Luckily there’s a better way! Here’s the route:
1. Get yourself to the intersection of Broadway and Dyckman (either by walking along Broadway, or by your favorite path through Ft. Tryon Park).
2. Hang a left on Dyckman, and walk until you’ve passed under the Henry Hudson Parkway and the Amtrak rail tracks. The Dyckman Marina will be in front of you.
3. Turn right into Dyckman Fields, walking past the ball fields and picnic areas until you come to a footbridge over the rail tracks.
4. Cross the bridge in Inwood Hill Park, and follow the path.
5. Take the second unmarked right you come to. The path forks with one fork going to the left, downhill and looping under the Henry Hudson Bridge, while the right fork heads up to the bridge. (The first unmarked right leads immediately to a somewhat shady tunnel under the Henry Hudson Parkway and up into the park.)
6. Follow the path up until it meets the Henry Hudson Parkway.
7. Follow the roadside path across the Henry Hudson Bridge and over Spuyten Duyvil Creek and the Harlem River Ship Canal. Enjoy the view of the Spuyten Duyvil Swing Bridge.
8. The path ends just north of Kappock St (roughly where 226th St. would be, were it to exist here).

This route takes me 45 minutes or so at a leisurely pace. It is perhaps another 10 minutes walk to main synagogues (RJC and HIR), if that’s where you’re headed. I think that beats the Broadway route handily. The return is just these steps in reverse.

The reason I mention this route now is that the path through Inwood Hill Park has been dramatically improved since I last walked it. Then it was at best partially paved (and even then cracked and broken) and overgrown — not a route I would have recommended to someone looking to walk to Riverdale on Shabbat and be presentable upon arrival. Now the path is beautifully repaved and widened, and is a pleasure to walk. It remains quite isolated, however, so some (particularly women) might not want to venture it alone.


Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

Wow, thanks so much!
I've been wondering about that mysterious Henry Hudson Bridge walking route since moving to Upper Upper Manhattan almost a year ago.

06 June, 2006 15:25  

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