Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Inwood, Marginal Street and Swindler Cove

Two things: 1) Delay in plans, so I'm posting this early today, so I can squeeze it in; . 2) I'm repealing the rule of one photo only per day. Today I'm posting three. This is a little story and there's no point in dragging it out 3 days. And besides, I'm getting too far behind.

To remind you, I'm looking for Marginal Street. So I'm walking up Tenth Avenue, first thing I know, I've come to 201st Street. What happened to Marginal? Retracing my steps, I see that the only possibility is a driveway beside a bright new school, PS 5. It's in the right place and it curves around like it's supposed to. Here it is:

Mary Sargent © 2006 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . click to enlarge

Marginal Street! And here's the school:

Mary Sargent © 2006 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . click to enlarge

Now around that corner Marginal Street comes to a deadend, as it should, but off to the side, there's a gate, and on the gate is a sign that says Swindler Cove, and inside the gate is a beautiful five acre park with winding paths and plantings and benches and water and marina and boathouse and no one was there but me. It was like a dream. One of those dreams where you discover a whole new wonderful room in your apartment that you never knew was there.

Mary Sargent © 2006 . . . . . . click to enlarge

For less dreamy information about Swindler Cove, you may visit Harlem OneStop. Regarding the name itself, Swindler Cove, I hate to tell you that the maintenance man I ran into told me that it was named for a Mr. Swindler who donated some of the land. Should we believe him?

Later I looked for Marginal Street on the web and found this on

Exterior Street or Marginal Street. These are generic or default names for the first street inland from the waterfront. They had a legal significance in that all land and structures shoreward of the such a street fell under the jusridiction of the Department of Docks. In 1935 the Exterior Street along the East River from 63rd to 80th Streets was renamed Marie Curie Avenue. It is now part of Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive.

Guess what? Inwood also has an Exterior Street.


Carol said...

Green, green, green and feathery. Does seem dreamlike.

Carol Again said...

Carol again. The comment referred to the last picture. Re the school photo - I find the school itself kind of revolting-looking (not the photo). Dunno why; well, I do, but don't want to talk about it.

flyinglady said...

The bottom photo is a dreamy dream. Like falling into a secret place where all you hear is the air in the leaves and maybe a cricket. It has a sacred quality about it.

Barbara said...

The school photo seems as if it were taken from a crouching position. It's very striking - a fanciful fortress of learning for the age.

I have to find that SwindlerCove - hard to believe it's in Manhattan. It looks so magical.

Nadema Agard said...

It has a dreamy and ethereal quality - love the texture.....!

Uzi Silber said...

theres also a marginal street right off the entrance to the harlem river dr northbound ramp at 125th st. im looking for a photo of the old style black letters on white background highway sign with marginal street proudly on it.