Hell GateHell Gate
narrow channel of the East River, N.Y., between Manhattan & Queens
Origin of Hell Gate; from Dutch Helle Gat, hell strait: from the whirlpools formerly there
A narrow channel of the East River in New York City between Manhattan and Long Island. It was named by the Dutch navigator Adriaen Block (fl. 1610–1624), who passed through it into Long Island Sound in 1614.