Where was the West Side town of Strycker’s Bay?

Until the late 19th century, the Upper West Side consisted mainly of the suburb of Bloomingdale and some smaller villages, such as Carmanville (or Carmansville), Manhattanville, and Harsenville.

Another long-gone village was Strycker’s Bay, spanning present-day 86th Street to 96th Street. It took its name from an inlet at 96th Street that’s since been filled in.

“The elevated area of Bloomingdale that included Oak Villa was generally called Striker’s Bay, and was the heart of the wealthy suburb,” wrote Peter Salwen in Upper West Side Story.

“It reached roughly from merchant John McVickar’s sixty-acre estate at modern 86th Street, with its winding drive and large Palladian house, to St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Bloomingdale’s second church, which stood above a pretty stream at 99th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.”

The name and its many spellings came from Gerrit Striker, who built a farm at 97th Street and Columbus Avenue.

What kind of hamlet was Strycker’s Bay? Probably a sleepy one, though there was a ferry to take residents downtown.

Later in the 19th century, the farmhouse became the Striker’s Bay Tavern, a “‘secluded little snuggery’ at the foot of a steep lane with a dock and, in later days, a small station of the Hudson River Railroad,” writes Salwen.

It sounds like quite a party spot. “The lawn by the river made a fine dance floor, and behind the house there were targets for shooting parties.”

Today the hamlet is gone, but the name survives as part of the Strycker’s Bay Neighborhood Council, which supports affordable housing, and the Strycker’s Bay Apartments on 94th Street.

[Maps: Strycker's Bay Neighborhood Council]

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5 Responses to “Where was the West Side town of Strycker’s Bay?”

  1. petey Says:

    great find!

  2. 70th and Amsterdam, 1888 « THE BALL-ĀBAN NEWS Says:

    [...] of a fascinating retrospective over at Ephemeral New York, along with the Manhattan towns of Strycker’s Bay and [...]

  3. r silvergleid Says:

    where did you find the top map, showing the farms and orchards?
    is there a larger source image?

  4. wildnewyork Says:

    It comes from the Strycker’s Bay website, link attached.

  5. June 26, 1841 – “Intense Heat and a trip to Strycker’s Bay” | Says:

    […] Saturday. 26.th. June. 1841. A very warm day, showers in the morning. I walked to Mrs Wittingham’s with mon mari, paid her bill of 19. $. Purchased a shirred Lawn bonnet. Did not like it when it came home. At four oclock Mr H. Louis Sis and I. jumped in a little tea colored cab, with Mr Clarke for our dinner, and rode out to “Strickers Bay.” The heat was intense, and I suffered intolerably, as I always do; when my face gets heated; it looked sadly I fear. The children were very warm, but enjoyed themselves after we arrived, and got cool. The walk on the river bank, was very pretty, but it was too hot to enjoy much Thousands of citizens were arriving in splendid vehicles so that we felt quite [outre] in our little cab. We returned home to tea, and felt better for our ride. Mr H. bought me a beautiful bunch of Roses. I paid Mr Pegit six shillings for my watch. bought combs and emery cushions, 1. shilling. ———————————– For more information on Sticker’s Bay, see Ephemeral New York […]

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