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For thousands of years while the Muscoota and the Wecksquaesgeek Indians lived in this entire section of upper Manhattan Island, the natural topography of this site in West Harlem formed a valley and small sheltered cove off the Hudson River, also known as the North River. Continue Reading →
Harlem Cove today is Manhattanville. Manhattanville sits in a valley formerly called Moertje David’s Vly (“Mother David’s Valley”; in Dutch, Vly is short for vallei, or “valley”) during the Dutch Colonial period and as Harlem Cove during the English Colonial period. Continue Reading →
The NY Times writes George Washington slept there, but, oh, to have been a fly on the wall of that mansion in Harlem Heights, Manhattan’s oldest surviving house, a few decades later, when Eliza Bowen moved uptown from what became Reade Street to live there with her husbands, Stephen Jumel and (again) Aaron Burr. (One at a time, of course.) Continue Reading →