Monday, May 23, 2005

Harlem River Background (Isamar and Melissa)

The Harlem River shares its name with the neighborhood of Harlem. The historic development of Harlem began with an Indian village on the banks of the Hudson River betweeen 110th and 125th Streets. In 1672 slaves built the first road from lower Manhattan to Harlem over an old Indian trail known today as Broadway. In 1865 there was a playground near the Harlem River called the Harlem Lane Playground. According to the 1910 cenus, the greater Harlem area extended from 110th to 155th Street between the Hudson and Harlem Rivers.

The New York Harbor has these wonderful rivers: the Bronx River, Harlem River, East River and Hudson River. The New York Harbor is an estuary, in which fresh water from the river empties out and mixes with the salt water, which is called brackish water. The New York Harbor has many things to explore about its background. I have many questions about the bodies of water listed above, including:

1. Are all the bodies of water connected to each other? Well, certianly I think they are because together they make up the estuary.

2. Where does all the water in the estuary come from? I know that salt water comes from the ocean into the estuary with the tides and fresh comes from Mount Marcy which is the source of the Hudson River.

3. Are all the bodies of water polluted with oil or other trash?
I do think that all the bodies of water are polluted with oil becuase of the industry we saw along the East River, Newtown Creek and the Bronx River. Also, we know that oil comes from cars, goes down the sewers and can go down to the CSOs (combined sewer overflows) and discharge into the estuary. The reason why all the bodies of water can be polluted with oil is becuase all the bodies of water are part of the estuary.

4. Does each New York Harbor body of water have a background to it like the Harlem River does?
Yes, I think all these bodies of water have a background to them because they all must have been named by someone who knew the place very well or for something that was in the area someone wanted to make history out of it.

5. Are there other places in the world that has a body of water like the New York Harbor?

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