New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Changing Shoreline
Over several centuries, coal ash, dirt and many sorts of refuse were dumped into the Hudson River to create more usable land, forever altering the original shoreline. On the map below. the black line shows the original shoreline - once more than a block inland! - compared to today's shoreline. The white outline shows the shoreline in the late 19th century when Thirteenth Avenue was built to further widen Manhattan Island from 11th Street to 29th Street. In the early 20th century, most of this landfill was removed to accommodate longer passenger ships. creating the shoreline today you see in Hudson River Park.
1873 shoreline & piers in white
2020 shoreline & piers in tan
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 40° 44.453′ N, 74° 0.567′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker can be reached from Henry Hudson Greenway just south of Little Island. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10014, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Unsinkable Ship (within shouting distance of this Disaster at Sea (within shouting distance of this marker); High Line (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Day’s End, 2014-21 (approx. 0.2 miles away); James Baldwin (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jane Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); 82 Jane Street (approx. ¼ mile away); Mercier (Merce) Philip Cunningham (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
More about this marker. The marker is attached to the railing at water's edge on the Henry Hudson Greenway (i.e., the path parallel to 10th Avenue), just a bit south of the south entrance to Little Island.
Also see . . .
1. The Remnants of Manhattan's Thirteenth Avenue. Atlas Obscura website entry (Submitted on January 30, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Little Island. Hunson River Park website entry:
aka Diller's Island (Submitted on January 30, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 14, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 8, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 8, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. 3. submitted on January 30, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 4. submitted on June 3, 2022, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.