A narrow tidal strait connecting Upper New York Bay with Long Island Sound and separating the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx from Brooklyn and Queens.
Strait in SE N.Y., connecting Long Island Sound and Upper New York Bay and separating Manhattan Island from Long Island: 16 mi (25.7 km) long.
East-river Sentence Examples
Of later bridges of great span, perhaps the bridges over the East river at New York are the most remarkable.
His left flank was thrown across the East river beyond the village of Brooklyn, while his front and right on the harbour and North or Hudson river were open to a combined naval and military attack.
On the 15th of September Howe crossed the East river above the city, captured 300 of the militia defending the lines and occupied the city.
Brooklyn is connected with Manhattan by three bridges across the East river - the lowest, known as the Brooklyn, opened in 1883; another, known as the Williamsburg or East River bridge, opened in 1903; and a third, the Manhattan, was opened in 1909.
The surface of Brooklyn in the west section, from the lower course of the East river to Gravesend Bay, varies in elevation from a few inches to nearly 200 ft.