When Dutch people first came to Manhattan, there were three small streams. They came together near what is now 10th Avenue and 40th Street. These three streams were part of a big stream called the "Great Kill" (Dutch: Grote Kill ). From there the Great Kill went through the low-lying Reed Valley, known for fish and other water animals.  Its end was a deep bay in the Hudson River at present-day 42nd Street.  People lived in a small area named Great Kill, where carriages were made. The higher land to the south and east was called Longacre.