Governors IslandThis view looks over the Buttermilk Channel to the Brooklyn waterfront, located only 400 yards away. Many theories surround the naming of this narrow waterway. In years past, the channel was much wider and shallower than it is today - before the piers and the dredging of the channel gave it its current appearance. The waters in this channel were rough and fast, leading to two theories: one, that the appearance of the white water looked like buttermilk; and two, that the fast rough action of the water was actually used to help churn Brooklyn farmers' milk. Another theory was that cattle actually crossed the channel to graze on Governors Island. Walt Whitman wrote, "as late as the Revolutionary War cattle were driven across from Brooklyn, over what is now Buttermilk Channel, to Governors Island."
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|Date Added||Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 8:01pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 583242 N 4504519|
|Decimal Degrees||40.68736667, -74.01486667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 41.242', W 74° 0.892'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 41' 14.52" N, 74° 0' 53.52" W|
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|Area Code(s)||718, 212, 917|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 85 Kimmel Rd, New York NY 11231, US|
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