Living in the Spuyten Duyvil /South Riverdale neighborhood of Bronx


Spuyten Duyvil rental apartments sit upon the hilly, tree-lined streets that meander through this southwestern-most corner of the borough of the Bronx. Spuyten Duyvil is actually a subsection of the larger neighborhood of Riverdale, and some refer to the community as South Riverdale. It has a very suburban feel to it, and most would be surprised to find out they are still in NYC.

 

Either way Spuyten Duyvil apartments—or South Riverdale apartments--are generally considered to be located in the area bordered to the north by 232nd Street (though some would say 239th Street), to the east by Johnson Avenue (and the neighborhood of Marble Hill), to the south by the Spuyten Duyvil Creek (and, across the water, by the Manhattan community of Inwood), and to the west by the Hudson River.

 

There is a surprising degree of uncertainty as to what the name "Spuyten Duyvil" actually means. It seems that, depending upon on how you pronounce these two Dutch words,  the neighborhood's name can be translated into English as "Devil's whirlpool" or "Devil's spout" (and, yes, the waterways in that area can work up quite an eddy at certain times and tides).

 

Another translation is "in spite of the Devil", an interpretation that really gained traction after Washington Irving published a popular story in which a Dutch trumpeter, sent by Governor (of New Amsterdam) Peter Stuyvesant to call the people to arms against an impending British naval invasion, tried to swim across the swirling waters "in spite of the Devil", and was pulled under and drowned.

 

Anyway, these days would-be Spuyten Duyvil & South Riverdale apartment dwellers don't have to worry about whirlpools or naval invasions… but, given that most of the housing in this area consists of privately-owned, detached houses on small to moderate plots of land, they might be a little concerned about even finding a place to rent in this historic area. Rentals do exist, but not in great number compared too many other NYC neighborhoods.

 

For the fortunate few, for whom this sort of near-rural living appeals, Spuyten Duyvil offers a quick and easy commute to Manhattan via the Metro North railroad's Hudson line, which has a station right in town and can get you to Grand Central in about 20 minutes. There is not much commercial activity in South Riverdale, and it is very much an own-your-own-car community, with many residents needing to drive to grocery stores and nearby restaurants.

 

As far as green space, residents enjoy the nearly nine-acre Henry Hudson Park, with its playing fields, ball courts, playgrounds and dog runs. The densely wooded Inwood Hill Park—which offers, among many other things, surprisingly excellent birding--is right across the Spuyten Duyvil Creek.


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