Neighborhood: Spuyten Duyvil
Population: 10,029 people. The population density is quite low in comparison to the rest of the Bronx, with 21,184 people per square mile against an average of 31,709.
Adjacent Neighborhoods: Riverdale, Marble Hill, Kingsbridge
Public Transit: While you won’t find any subway stops in Spuyten Duyvil itself, the 1 train stops at 225th and 231st streets in nearby Marble Hill. Spuyten Duyvil is also an easy 20-minute hop to Grand Central aboard Metro North’s Hudson Line.
What’s Here?: Say it with us: SPY-ten DY-vul. This quirkily named neighborhood enjoys some of the city’s most spectacular views: Spuyten Duyvil hugs the cliffs at the Bronx’s southwestern tip, providing sweeping vistas of the Hudson River and of the ruggedly beautiful palisades. This is a diverse, safe, and relatively affluent community, increasingly popular with young families seeking more space and refuge from the high prices of Manhattan and Brooklyn. On Knolls Crescent, you’ll find a small shopping center with dry cleaners, pharmacies, and produce markets; further north, 235th Street is a bigger commercial hub, with a grocery store and restaurants-the chocolate babka at Mother’s Bake Shop is a local favorite. With three landscaped parks in a neighborhood that’s less than a square mile in size, Spuyten Duyvil is also beloved for its green, wooded feel.
Flat or Tall?: Spuyten Duyvil is known for its high-rise living. Tall postwar buildings line the waterfront cliffs, offering balconies with majestic views and plenty of amenities: buildings with swimming pools and gyms are fairly common. You’ll also find smaller apartment buildings and some single-family homes here.
History: The name Spuyten Duyvil has its origins in the Dutch phrase “spuit den duyvil” (in spite of the devil), which refers to the strong currents sailors encountered in the area. Henry Hudson explored these waterways in 1609, before his sailors mutinied in Canada’s Hudson Bay, and his imprint can be felt throughout the neighborhood. (Check out the sculpture of Hudson atop a massive Doric column in Henry Hudson Park.) The neighborhood’s development began in the late 1800s, once the Hudson Line connected it to Manhattan. Development picked up again in the 1950s and 60s, decades that witnessed intensive construction of high-rise buildings along the water.
Activities: Scenic walks, historic homes, parks.
Check it out: Villa Charlotte Bronte is perhaps the neighborhood’s most iconic landmark; this ivy-covered Italianate villa will make you feel like you’ve stepped out of the Bronx and into a fairytale. Nearby Edgehill Church’s stained glass windows were designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. A stop at Half Moon Overlook, named for Henry Hudson’s ship, is also a must-especially to watch the sun set over the river.