11. Harlem and Morningside Heights

In East Harlem, the Lenape may have used the area for hunting wild game including deer. The Wecksquaesgeek Indians were a Munsee-speaking band of Wappinger people who inhabited Harlem near the Hudson River. The Wappinger were closely related to the Lenape and Mahicans. They also called the Harlem River “Muscoota,” in reference to the grassy plants that grew alongside the waterway.

To the southeast of Morningside Heights were the settlements of Rechewanis and Konaande Kongh in present-day Central Park. A bit south of West Harlem on today’s Upper West Side, many Lenape gathered at modern-day Park Avenue and 98th Street at Konaanderkongh, a camp for hunting.