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New York Bay

New York Bay, arm of the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Hudson River, SE N.Y. and NE N.J., enclosed by the shores of NE New Jersey, E Staten Island, S Manhattan, and W Long Island (Brooklyn) and opening on the SE to the Atlantic Ocean between Sandy Hook, N.J., and Rockaway Point, N.Y. It is a sheltered deep harbor able to accommodate the largest ships. The tidal range of the bay is very small and it is ice-free. New York Bay is divided into Upper and Lower Bay, which are connected by the Narrows, a strait (c.3 mi/4.8 km long; 1 mi/1.6 km wide) separating Staten Island from Brooklyn. The Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge spans the strait between Fort Wadsworth and Fort Hamilton. Upper Bay, c.5.5 mi (8.8 km) in diameter, is joined to Newark Bay (to the west) by Kill Van Kull and to Long Island Sound by the East River. Historically one of the world's busiest harbors with port facilities on all shores, the New Jersey waterfront is now the most active (see Port Authority of New York and New Jersey). Ellis and Liberty islands (both part of Statue of Liberty National Monument) and Governors Island (site of Fort Jay and Castle Williams) are in Upper Bay. Ferries cross the bay from Staten Island to Manhattan. The larger Lower Bay, which includes Raritan Bay on the west and Gravesend Bay on the northeast is joined to Newark Bay by Arthur Kill. Jamaica Bay is an eastern extension of Lower Bay. Sections of Lower Bay's shoreline are part of Gateway National Recreation Area. Ambrose Channel, federally maintained, crosses Sandy Hook bar at the bay's entrance and extends north to the piers of Upper Bay, where it is 2,000 ft (610 m) wide.
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narrows

[′nar·ōz]
(geography)
A navigable narrow part of a bay, strait, or river.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Stuart gave, from the color of the impending rocks, the name of "The Fiery Narrows."
Having crossed the narrow low girt of inhabited and fertile land, I followed a smooth steep ridge between two of the deep ravines.
Then they came to a narrow cleft about twenty inches wide.
Up the stone steps from the narrow door by which he had entered, glided the white-clad figure of Lady Arabella, the only colour to be seen on her being blood-marks on her face and hands and throat.
These narrow notions about debt, held by the old fashioned Tullivers, may perhaps excite a smile on the faces of many readers in these days of wide commercial views and wide philosophy, according to which everything rights itself without any trouble of ours.
Somewhere behind her upon the broad river she was sure a long, narrow native prahu was being urged forward in pursuit, and that in command of it was the young giant who was now never for a moment absent from her thoughts.
Directly before me the river thundered down from above in a mighty waterfall that filled the narrow gorge from side to side, rising far above me several hundred feet--as magnificent a spectacle as I ever had seen.
The Golden Horn is a narrow arm of the sea, which branches from the Bosporus (a sort of broad river which connects the Marmora and Black Seas,) and, curving around, divides the city in the middle.
"And really, I do not think the impression will soon be over," said Emma, as she crossed the low hedge, and tottering footstep which ended the narrow, slippery path through the cottage garden, and brought them into the lane again.
In this way they struggled forward, manfully braving difficulties and dangers, until they came to where the bed of the river was narrowed to a mere chasm, with perpendicular walls of rock that defied all further progress.
Hence the neutral territory between two representative species is generally narrow in comparison with the territory proper to each.
On and on we stumbled up the narrow canyon that Ghak had chosen to approach the heights of Sari.