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Hell Gate History

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Brownstoner Queens has the history of Hell Gate, named from the Dutch word hellegat, for "the bright passage." Hell Gate was, well, hellish for years, claiming many ships and lives. Some dangers were eliminated in 1885, when a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers general exploded the most dangerous reef in the water to allow safer use. And as for the bridge above the water, it would take 1,000 years of abandonment and decay for the bridge to collapse. ['Stoner Queens]