Old Streets of New York
"A" Streets of New York
Alleys and Courts.
A Street. (L19-E20) Now the block of Payson Avenue between Dyckman Street and Riverside Drive. Changed in 1921. See Lettered Streets.
Abattoir Place (1). (M19-E20) West 39th Street between Eleventh and Twelfth Avenues.
Abattoir Place (2). (n.d.) According to Post, West 12th Street between Eleventh Avenue and the Hudson River. However Eleventh Avenue never extended below 14th Street.
Abeel's Wharf (1). (M18) Built 1750 on the west side of Coenties Dock.
Abeel's Wharf (2). (E19) A wharf on the east side of James Slip.
Abingdon Place. (M-L19) Now West 12th Street between Greenwich and Eighth Avenues. See also Cornelia Street, Troy Street.
Abingdon Road. (L18-E19) Beginning just east of the present Eighth Avenue, it ran on or near the line of 21st Street to Park Avenue South, then angled northeast to Third Avenue and East 23rd Street. Closed in 1826. Also called Love Lane.
Academy Place. (L19) A street running from West 128th to West 130th Street, parallel to and about 400 feet east of Convent Avenue. It was opened in 1884 but closed 10 years later. The name referred to the then-nearby Academy of the Sacred Heart.
Academy Street. (part) The part of Academy Street between Nagle and Tenth Avenues was closed in 1948 for the Dyckman Houses.
Achmuty Lane or Street. (L18?) Listed by Post but with no location given. Probably the same as Auchmuty Street.
Ackerly's Wharf. (L18-E19) Built prior to 1797 between Pike and Rutgers Streets.
Ackerman Place. (M-L19) The part of the now-demapped New Chambers Street between William Street and Park Row.
Adams Place. (M19) The west side of Laurens Street, now West Broadway, between Prince and Spring Streets. May have been a rear court. According to Doggett, it consisted of four houses. See Alleys and Courts.
Adams Wharf. (n.d.) Now part of the block bounded by Washington and West Streets, Battery Place and Rector Street.
Agnew's Alley. (E19) Ran from Front to Water Streets about 80 feet west of Roosevelt Street.
Albany and Boston, Road to. See Boston Road.
Albany Avenue. (E19) The same as West Road, most of which was incorporated into Sixth Avenue.
Albany Basin (1). (M18-E19) A former name of Coenties Slip, which from about 1750 was bounded on its west side by the Albany Pier (1). The basin was renamed Old Albany Basin in 1809 to avoid confusion with the newer Albany Basin (2) on the Hudson River. But the old name Coenties Slip continued to be used and eventually won out.
Albany Basin (2). (L18-M19) On the Hudson River, west of Greenwich Street between Albany and Cedar Streets.
Albany Pier (1). (M18-E19) Built prior to 1755, it formed the west side of Albany Basin (1), also known as Coenties Slip. The pier was also called the City's Pier, the Corporation Pier and Coenties Pier. Part of the pier was incorporated into Front Street about 1793. Its site is now covered by 115 and 125 Broad Street.
Albany Pier (2). (L18-E19) According to Post, Greenwich Street between Cedar and Thames Street. This may refer to the short pier, shown on the 1797 Taylor-Roberts Plan, that projected into the Albany Basin (2) between the enclosing north and south breakwaters.
Albion Place. (M-L19) A row of 12 houses on the south side of East 4th Street between the Bowery and Second Avenue.
Alexander Hamilton Park. (E20) The original name of Chelsea Park, changed circa 1907.
Allerton's Quay or Wharf. (M-L17) Built by 1655 on the East River between what were later Fulton and Ferry Streets.
Amersley Street. See Hammersley Street.
Amity Alley. (M-L19) An alley at 216 Wooster Street (1) that was a remnant of the old Amity Lane (1). It contained about eight houses. See also Amity Place (2).
Amity Lane (1). (L18-M19) Originally the boundary between the Bayard and Herring farms, it ran from Broadway, about 50 feet north of Bleecker Street, northwest to about the present MacDougal and West 3rd Streets. When Amity Street, now West 3rd Street, was opened in 1806, the old lane was supposed to have been closed, but that did not occur until 1832. Even afterward, parts of Amity Lane survived as alleys, such as Amity Alley and Amity Lane (2). A trace of the old lane can still be seen in a skewed interior lot line in Block 537, between LaGuardia Place and Thompson Street.
Amity Lane (2). (M-L19) An alley at 192 Greene Street that was a remnant of the original Amity Lane (1).
Amity Place (1). (M-L19) Now LaGuardia Place (formerly West Broadway) between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets.
Amity Place (2). (M-L19) Another name for Amity Alley. In some directories of the 1860s and ‘70s, Amity Place was used simultaneously for this alley and for Amity Place (1).
Amity Street. (E-L19) Opened in 1806, it was renamed West 3rd Street in 1875.
Amos Street. (E-M19) Now the part of West 10th Street west of Sixth Avenue. As laid out, prior to 1803, it ran from Washington Street to Greenwich Avenue. It was extended the short distance from Greenwich to Sixth Avenue in 1833. Amos Street became West 10th Street in 1857.
Amsterdam Avenue. See Tenth Avenue.
Amsterdam Street. (E19) In the Stuyvesant Farm Grid, the street parallel to and five blocks south of Stuyvesant Street.
Ann Street (1). (L18-E19) Laid out from Reade to Franklin Streets prior to 1797, it became Elm Street about 1800. The block from Reade to Duane Street is now part of Elk Street. This Ann Street was also sometimes called Little Ann Street to distinguish it from the earlier, and still current, Ann Street a few blocks south.
Ann(e) Street (2). (L18-E19?) Prior to 1803, this was the name of Grand Street between Broadway and the Bowery. See also Meadow Street.
Ann(e) Street (3). (M18) A name used circa 1748 for part of the present William Street.
Anthony Street (1). (L18-M19) Changed to Worth Street in 1855. Earlier known as Catharine Street (1) or Little Catharine Street.. See also Cat Hollow.
Anthony Street (2). (n.d.) According to Post, a former name of Duane Street.
Antwerp Street. (L18-E19) In the Stuyvesant Farm Grid, the street parallel to and seven blocks south of Stuyvesant Street.
Apthorp's Lane. (L18-L19) A road existing prior to the American Revolution connecting the Bloomingdale Road and the Eastern Post Road. It began west of the present West End Avenue, crossed the Bloomingdale Road between 93rd and 94th Streets, and met the Eastern Post Road near the present 96th Street and Fifth Avenue. Later known, at least in part, as Jauncey Lane and Turin Lane.
Arch Place. (M19) An alley with nine houses on the south side of Canal Street between Church Street (1) and West Broadway.
Arden Street. (L18-E19) Ran from Bleecker to Bedford Street. It was absorbed by Morton Street in 1829.
Ardens Wharf. (E19) On the west side of Washington Street between Battery Place and Morris Street (1).
Arsenal Market. See Collect Market.
Art Street. (L18-M19) What remains of Art Street is now Astor Place. A part of the earlier Sand Hill Road, Art Street ran from the Bowery to Minetta Brook, at what is now the north edge of Washington Square, and then angled up to today's Sixth Avenue and West 8th Street. On some maps the part from Minetta Brook to Sixth Avenue is included in Greenwich Lane. After the adoption of the Commissioners' Plan, Art Street was extended the short block east to Third Avenue. All of Art Street west of Broadway was closed in 1825. The part between Broadway and Third Avenue was renamed Astor Place in 1840.
Arundel or Arundle Street. (M18-E19) Renamed Clinton Street in 1826. See Delancey Farm Grid.
Ashland Place. (L19) A former name of Perry Street between Greenwich Avenue and Waverly Place.
Ashley Street. (L19-E20) Ran from Kingsbridge Road, now part of Broadway, east to Spuyten Duyvil Creek. The name was changed to West 227th Street in 1905. Its site is now part of the Marble Hill Houses.
Astor Court. (L19-E20) A wide alley that ran from 33rd to 34th Streets along the west side of the old Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, which is now the site of the Empire State Building.
Asylum Street. (E19) From 1813 to 1834, the name of what is now West 4th Street west of Sixth Avenue. See also Chester Street and William Street.
Attorney Street. (curr.) Parts of Attorney Street between Division and Grand Streets and between Rivington and Stanton Streets were closed about 1960 for urban renewal projects. See also Delancey Farm Grid.
Auchmuty Street. (L18) Now Rector Street. It was laid out and called Robinson Street in 1739, changed to Auchmuty Street in 1774, and became Rector Street about 1790. See also Achmuty.
Audubon Park. (M19-E20) A residential enclave bounded by West 155th and 158th Streets, Broadway and the Hudson River Rail Road. The land had been part of the estate of John James Audubon (1785-1851). By 1867 it contained about 12 houses on large plots. Most of them were demolished in the early 20th Century for the Audubon Terrace museum complex.
Audubon Place. (E20) Now Edward M. Morgan Place. In 1905, when the rest of Lafayette Boulevard was made a continuation of Riverside Drive, this short link to Broadway became Audubon Place. It was renamed Edward M. Morgan Place in 1926.
Audubon Square. (E20) The square bounded by West 166th and 170th Streets, Broadway and St. Nicholas Avenue was named Audubon Square in 1913. It is now known as Mitchell Square.
Augusta Street. See Augustus Street.
Augustus Street. (L18-E19) Laid out by 1767 and so named by 1794. Changed to City Hall Place in 1834.
Avenue A. (part) Retains its original name only from Houston to 14th Streets. All the rest has been either renamed or discontinued, as follows: From 14th to 20th Streets, demapped for Stuyvesant Town in 1945. From 20th to 23rd Streets, demapped for Peter Cooper Village in 1947. From 23rd to 25th Streets, changed to Asser Levy Place in 1954. From 53rd to 54th Streets, added to Sutton Place South in 1951. From 54th to 57th Streets, changed to Sutton Place South in 1925. From 57th to 60th Streets, changed to Sutton Place in 1897. From 59th to 93rd Steets, changed to York Avenue in 1928. From 92nd to 93rd Streets became part of East River Drive in 1937. From 100th to 106th Streets demapped in 1875. From 109th Street to Harlem River, changed to Pleasant Avenue in 1879 See also Paladino Avenue and Vito Marcantonio Avenue.
Avenue B. (part) The original Avenue B retains that name only between Houston and 14th Streets. The part from 14th to 23rd Streets was demapped in 1945-47 for Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village. Avenue B from 68th to 79th Streets was demapped in 1875. The section between 79th and 90th Streets was renamed East End Avenue in 1890. Demapped north of 116th Street in 1864.
Avenue C. (curr.) Still the underlying name, but Loisaida Avenue has been an official alternate name since 1987.
Avenue St. Nicholas. See St. Nicholas Avenue.
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