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Author Nichols, Michael, 1951- author.

Title Hell Gate : imaginative qualities of an actual place / Michael Nichols
Published Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, [2018]
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Series Excelsior editions
Excelsior editions.
Summary "Part history and part memoir, Hell Gate tells of a man's excursions along and then 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 "hell hole"--What begins as a set of casual walks becomes a foray into landscape and history as he traces through these idyllic and hellish images in an attempt to discover Hell Gate's hidden character and the meaning of its elusive name. The book is a loosely constructed set of sketches, organized as a kind of tour, that take place along the edge of the river and then in a rowboat in the river. Scenes and events are described as they present themselves; history and lore are freely mixed with contemporary scenes."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject TRAVEL / United States / Northeast / Middle Atlantic (NJ, NY, PA).
East River (N.Y.)
Hell Gate (New York, N.Y.)
New York (N.Y.) -- Description and travel.
New York (State) -- East River.
New York (State) -- New York -- Hell Gate.
New York (State) -- New York.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1438471416
Other Titles Hell Gate, imaginative qualities of an actual place