The 13 th Congressional District covers all of the Manhattan neighborhood of Marble Hill which is the northern-most community in the borough of Manhattan and the only neighborhood on the mainland of the United States. Marble Hill was separated from the rest of Manhattan in 1895 when the United States Army Corps of Engineers built the Harlem River Ship Canal through land that formerly constituted the island of Manhattan. In 1914 the Harlem River north of Marble Hill was filled in, thereby connecting Marble Hill with The Bronx’s mainland.
Marble Hill’s population of 8,400 makes it one of the smallest communities in the 13 th District. It is serviced by the 1 train at 225 th Street and the Metro North Railroad at the Marble Hill station. Because of Marble Hill’s unique geography, it is often short shrifted by local political bodies, whose allegiance is either to Manhattan or to The Bronx. As a result, it is crucial that Marble Hill residents retain access to quality public schools with lower student to teacher ratios and that Social Security and Medicare availability to the neighborhood’s seniors remain in place.