Hell Gate: A Nexus of New York City’s East River

SUNY Press
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 Depicts a man’s exploration of the landscape, history, and toponymy of Hell Gate, a notorious stretch of water in New York City’s East River.
Part history and part memoir, Hell Gate tells of a man’s excursions along and through Hell Gate, a narrow stretch of water in New York City’s East River, notorious for dangerous currents, shipwrecks, and its melancholic islands and rocks. Drawn to the area by his fascination with its name—from the Dutch Hellegat,translated into English as both “bright passage” and “hellhole”—what begins as a set of casual walks for Michael Nichols becomes an exploration of landscape and history as he traces these idyllic and hellish images in an attempt to discover Hell Gate’s hidden character and the meaning of its elusive name. Using a loosely constructed set of sketches organized as a kind of tour along the edge of the river and then from a rowboat in the river, Nichols describes scenes and events as they present themselves, mixing history and lore with contemporary scenes.

“Hell Gate is a great historical underpinning of colonial culture, as well as a sound landscape metaphor for America in all ages, and one that is vastly under-covered. This book is passionately written and deeply researched.” — Mike Freeman, author of Drifting: Two Weeks on the Hudson
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About the author

 Michael Nichols lives in Manhattan. This is his first book.

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Publisher
SUNY Press
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Published on
Sep 10, 2018
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Pages
162
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ISBN
9781438471419
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Language
English
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Genres
Travel / United States / Northeast / Middle Atlantic (NJ, NY, PA)
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