Kill is a narrow strait in New York City
delineating the southernmost extent of the Bronx and separating it from Randall's Island. It connects the Harlem
River to the East River
.Originally, the Bronx Kill was a sizeable waterway, approximately 600 feet (180 m) in width. There were also plans by the War Department to dredge a 24-foot (7.3 m) deep channel, 480 feet (150 m) in width, to improve navigation and reduce tidal currents.
The Bronx Kill offers a venue for kayakers and other human-powered boaters without the worry of larger vessel traffic. Canoe and kayak expeditions through the waterway begin on the Harlem River
, near the Third Avenue Bridge
. Crossings must be well timed for the tides, to ensure both the correct current direction and sufficient water height: at low water, parts of the Bronx Kill entirely bottom out, revealing muddy stretches, abandoned cars and other assorted junk.
There is also low clearance above the electrical conduits that supply power to Randall's Island.Consequently, no commercial vessels navigate the kill, with local businesses mostly opting instead for road and rail transport, including the Oak Point Link along its north bank.