Delve into the treacherous Hell Gate portion of the East River, as seen from Randall’s Island (accessible on foot, by car, or by bicycle via the RFK Bridge—from East Harlem, Astoria, and Port Morris—or the Wards Island Bridge/103rd Street Footbridge from Manhattan.)
Find out about Hell Gate’s ship-swallowing whirlpool and the fate of the HMS Hussar.
Learn about the foiled Nazi plot to blow up the Hell Gate Bridge.
Discover the passage of the Hell Gate islands from private properties to a fortress of psychiatric and detention facilities.
Hear about the Hell Gate Explosions and the General Slocum Disaster.
Peer at the jail complex of Rikers Island, the quarantine ruins of North Brother Island, and the former pirate island of Mill Rock.