Manhattan | Not the Hudson: a Comprehensive Study of the East River


          The East River flows along the shore of Manhattan. The “East Side” bears enormous cultural, social, political, and artistic influence as a primary neighborhood within the borough Manhattan. Manhattan is the focus of New York’s incredible culture, commerce, and history.

          From the entry of the Dutch immigrants until the present day, Manhattan has provided refuge for immigrant and marginalized cultures. In a survey of south to north, each neighborhood has its own flair, which is influenced by the historical residents of the neighborhood: South Street, Lower East Side, East village, Kips Bay, Turtle Bay, Upper East Side, and East Harlem. In addition, there are several smaller islands off the coast of Manhattan in the East River. These insulated communities remind us of the time when Manhattan itself was insulated from the other communities, which would later become the five NYC boroughs.

          The East Side of Manhattan has also become the home of many public institutions. In particular we see several medical campuses, and even the international UN headquarters on the East River. As per the project’s title, NOT THE HUDSON, our focus reveals the historical significance and provenance of the East River as a unique facet of New York history.

Riverfront Communities



The East Village: a Look at the Culture of an East River Neighborhood
Hospitals Along the East River
Manhattan's East River Parks
South Street Seaport's Significance Over Time
Citadel on the East River: History of the UN Headquarters
Islands of the East River
The History of Kips Bay
The History of Roosevelt Island
From Tenement to Townhouses: Lower East Side Communities on the East River
Turtle Bay and Sutton Place: The Capital of the East Side
East Harlem: A History of Housing Developments in New York City

          For a short essay on the FDR Drive, click here.