4. Marble Hill
The intersection of Marble Hill Avenue and 228th Street contains the remnants of the old Harlem River
Bridge and unique mix of architectural styles seen throughout the neighborhood.
At the northernmost tip of New York County, physically located on the southern tip of the Bronx, Marble Hill is a neighborhood with a unique history. In the late 1890s, Marble Hill was separated from Manhattan Island by Spuyten Duyvil Creek and the Harlem River Ship Channel, making it an island until 1914 when part of the creek was filled in, joining it to the mainland. The history of the area can be clearly seen in the northern part of Marble Hill Avenue, where one of the original bridges that connected the island to the mainland can still be found just under the pavement, since it was not removed during the landfill.
Additionally, the tiny neighborhood is a great place to take a walk through New York City’s architectural history due to the area featuring many detached houses with lawns and yards, next to Art Deco and urban renewal style apartment buildings. There are also stunning views of Manhattan, the Bronx, and the Harlem River that can be seen as soon as you step off the 1 train. A visit to Marble Hill is one for the history books.