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Street Beat: Exhuming the Short Block of Manhattan Street Alongside PS188 [HISTORY]

Posted May 6, 2016 at 10:44 am

It’s been taken off the maps. All but forgotten save for the remnant signage that, thank the preservation/historian lawd, still holds court at the Island School aka Public School 188 (est. 1903). Manhattan Street, you elusive thing! This city street dates back to at least 1857, birthed as a northern extension of Cannon Street. It was […]

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Haunted History: There’s Just Something Strange About Clinton Street

Posted October 29, 2015 at 5:19 am

2 signs? Man, everything about Clinton Street is curious. Haunted, even. Formerly known as Warren Street, Clinton Street was renamed in 1792 for George Clinton, a general in the Revolutionary War who was the first governor of New York State from 1777 to 1795, and again from 1801 to 1804. Clinton was also the Vice […]

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Street Beat: Goerck, Mangin, and Thomas Edison’s Lower East Side Stint

Posted February 19, 2015 at 10:14 am

Street and the beat, tying some convoluted history together for you once again. Ever heard of Goerck Street? Or Mangin, perchance? A history to every name… In 1797, the Common Council (the lawmakers) commissioned surveyors Casimir Goerck (Goerck Street, long gone) and Joseph-François Mangin (street is still around), to prepare an official map of the city. […]

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Street Beat: Linking Pitt Street to Chatham Square and Park Row

Posted January 16, 2014 at 11:20 am

Hi Kids! Today, I’m going to show you how you can connect a British Earl to Newsies. Hang tight to your wigs and bowlers. I am pleased to introduce William Pitt, first Earl of Chatham and Prime Minister of Great Britain. This pointy looking fine looking gentleman has three eponymous streets/areas named for him on the Lower East Side: Pitt Street, […]

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Street Beat: Houston, Bayard and New York’s Very Own Bunker Hill

Posted June 5, 2013 at 11:13 am

Houston Street in New York City is named (by at least 1805) after William Houstoun, a landowner and lawyer. Houstoun was also a member of the Continental Congress representing Georgia.

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Street Beat: Grand Street and Its Long Lost Ferry

Posted February 28, 2013 at 11:52 am

Before bridges and tunnels, before Williamsburg lost its “h” and had a bridge eponymously named, there was a ferry.

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Street Beat: Origins of a Ludlow

Last modified January 16, 2013 at 11:50 am

Straight to it – Street Beat Ludlow begins now.

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Street Beat: The Rebellious Rivington in Our Midst

Last modified October 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Hear ye, Rivington Rebels? Why is Rivington called Rivington?

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Street Beat: Rutgers, Henry, Catherine, Division and Crosby (And a Little Bit o’ Oak)

Posted July 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm

There comes a time in every historian’s life where etymologies are no longer for our own edification and for this gal – specifically a time when I get to reveal little and well known etymologies behind the streets of New York.

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