Spuyten Dyvil

The recent tragic derailment of a Metro-North train took place in the Spuyten Dyvil section of the Bronx. This is a section of New York City which many people are not familiar with. I am familiar with the name because when I was growing up my Mother used to talk about it because she had relatives who lived there and she used to go from Brooklyn to Spuyten Dyvil frequently. I was very impressed with the name but thought that it was German. However it is Dutch and basically means Spinning Devil in reference to the roughness of the waters nearby. It was also the site of the first recorded shark attack in the New World.

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