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Harlem River

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The Harlem River, shown in red, between the Bronx and Manhattan in New York City
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The Harlem River, shown in red, between the Bronx and Manhattan in New York City

The Harlem River is a tidal strait in New York City, USA that flows 8 miles between the East River and the Hudson River, separating the borough of Manhattan from the Bronx. Part of the current course of the Harlem River is the Harlem River Ship Canal, which runs somewhat south of the former course of the river, isolating a small portion of Manhattan (Marble Hill) on the Bronx side of the river.

The Harlem River is traversed by two legs of the Triborough Bridge (Harlem River Lift, Bronx Kills Crossing) as well as many lesser-known bridges. These bridges cross it from south to north:

Kings Bridge was one of two bridges across the old alignment at Marble Hill.

Like the East River, the Harlem is actually a tidal estuary.

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Three of the bridges that cross the Harlem River are visible in this photo of the river: the High Bridge (closed to traffic); the Alexander Hamilton Bridge (part of Interstate 95); and the Washington Bridge. In this photo, looking north, the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan is on the left and the Bronx is on the right)

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