Old Streets of New York
"G" Streets of New York
Glass House Farm.
Gaine's Dock. (E19) Between Vestry and Desbrosses Street.
Garden Alley or Garden Street Alley. (E19) Former names of Exchange Alley.
Garden Row. (M-L19) An alley off West 11th Street about 40 foot west of Sixth Avenue. It ran southwest at a right angle to Milligan Place.
Garden Street (1). (L17-E19) An anglicization of the Dutch Tuyn Straet, this is a former name of Exchange Place. It was initially used for the part between Broad and William Streets and, after 1794, for the entire street from Broadway to William Street. It was renamed Exchange Place in 1827.
Garden Street (2). (M18-E19) A former name of the part of Cherry Street east of Montgomery Street.
Gardiner Street. (E19?) According to Post, a former name of Tompkins Street, now demapped. See also Gardner’s Dock.
Gardner's Dock. (E19) At Corlears Hook Point, i.e. near the later intersection of Water and Corlears Street.
Garr's Dock. (E19) Near Corlears Hook Point.
Garr's Wharf. (E19) Just west of Catharine Slip.
Garry Place. (M19) Now part of West 35th Street between Seventh Avenue and Eighth Avenue.
Gates Street. (L18-E19) In the Stuyvesant Farm Grid, parallel to and nine streets north of Stuyvesant Street.
Gedney's Dock, Lumber Yard and Saw Pit. (E19) On the Hudson River between Gansevoort and Little West 12th Streets.
General Green Street. (L18?-E19) According to Post, a former name of Gouverneur Street. Its alignment may have been slightly east of the modern Gouverneur Street. See also Green Street..
George Street (1). (E18-E19) The former name of Spruce Street. It was also known as Little George Street. Renamed Spruce Street in 1817.
George Street (2). (L18-E19) The former name of Market Street between Division Street and Cherry Street. Sometimes called East George Street. It was renamed Market Street in 1813.
George Street (3). (L18?-E19) Became part of Herring Street in 1813, which in turn became part of Bleecker Street in 1829.
George Street (4). (n.d.) According to Post, a former name of Beekman Street.
George Street (5). (M18?) A former name of Rose Street. It was known as Prince Street by 1754 and became Rose Street in 1794.]
George Street (6). (L18?) According to Post, a former name of Hudson Street. The present name was used by 1797.
George Street (7). (L18?) According to Post, a former name of Park Street. It was known as Cross Street by 1789 and was changed to Park Street in 1854.
George Street (8). See Great George Street, now part of Broadway.
George's Slip. (L18-E19) Now Market Slip. See also George Street (2).
Gerard or Gerrard Street. (L18-E19) In the Stuyvesant Farm Grid, parallel to and three streets north of Stuyvesant Street.
Germaine Street. (E19) A variant of Carmine Street.
Gerritsen's Wagon Way. (M-L17) A 17th-Century name for what was later called Sand Hill Road.
Gibb's Alley. (E19) An alley, now closed, running from the northwest corner of Oliver (1) and Madison Streets to the Shearith Israel Cemetery. Also called Jews' Alley (2).
Gilbert Street. (E19) A former name of Barrow Street between West 4th and Bleecker Streets.
Gilford or Guilford Place. (M-L19) Part of East 45th Street between Third and Lexington Avenues.
Glass Makers Street. (M-L17?) According to Post, a former name of William Street [sic] between Pearl and Wall Streets. This should read South William Street. See also Glaziers Street.
Glaziers Street (1). (M17) An early name of South William Street. See also Glass Makers Street and Glaziers Street (2).
Glaziers Street (2). (M17) An early name of Stone Street. See also Glass Makers Street and Glaziers Street (1).
Globe Square. (E20) Dey Street from Greenwich to West Streets. See also Telegram Square.
Glover Place. (M-L19) Part of Thompson Street between Spring and Prince Streets.
Goelet's Street. (E18) An early name of the present Morris Street (1). See also Beaver Lane.
Goerck Street. (E19-M20) A street in the Delancey Farm Grid, formerly running north from Grand Street and continuing one block beyond East Houston Street to East 3rd Street. It was renamed Baruch Place in 1939. Most of it has since been demapped. See also Mangin-Goerck Plan.
Golden Hill. (E-L18) A former name of John Street between William and Pearl Streets. Sometimes called Golden Hill Street. It was merged into John Street by 1794.
Gorreck Street. See Goerck Street.
Gotham Court. (M-L19) One of two alleys on the north side of Cherry Street just west of Roosevelt Street. It gave access, on its east side, to a single huge tenement building, also known as Gotham Court, extending 234 feet back from Cherry Street; and on its west side to a slightly smaller tenement in the interior of the block. On some maps this alley is called West Gotham Place, while a narrower alley on the east side of the building is called East Gotham Place. The complex had been built in 1850 as a model tenement project but soon deteriorated into a fetid slum. It was torn down in 1895.
Gould Street. A variant of Gold Street.
Gouverneur Alley. (L18-E19) Now Gouverneur Lane.
Gouverneur Market. (E-M19) At Gouverneur Slip, 1812 to ca. 1853.
Gouverneur's Wharf. (L18-E19) At the foot of Gouverneur Lane. Part of it was incorporated into Front Street about 1793.
Governor Street. (L18-E19) A street in the Stuyvesant Farm Grid, parallel to and two streets north of Stuyvesant Street.
Grace Avenue. See West Washington Market (2).
Grand Avenue. (n.d..) According to Post, a former name of [at least part of] 125th Street.
Grand Boulevard. (L19) See Boulevard.
Grand Circle. (L19-E20) Opened in 1869 “as a turnabout for horse-drawn vehicles,” it began to be known as Columbus Circle after the dedication of the Columbus Monument in 1892. However, Grand Circle or simply The Circle continued to be used even after 1900.
Grand Market Place. See Market Place.
Grand Street Market (1). See Corlear’s Hook Market.
Grand Street Market (2). (E-M19) Opened in 1814 on Grand Street near Mangin Street. It was closed in 1836 and replaced by the Monroe Market.
Grand Street Place. (E-L19) The square or park bounded by Grand Street, East Broadway and Scammel Street. See Oriental Park.
Great Bridge Market. See Custom House Bridge Market.
Great Dock Street. See Dock Street (1).
Great Dock, The. (L17-L18) A mooring basin completed in 1679 and occupying the area later bounded by Water, Moore and Front (1) Streets and Coenties Slip.. It was formed by two L-shaped breakwaters, one extending south and east from Moore Street and the other south and west from the west side of Coenties Slip. Its opening was opposite Broad Street. In 1717 a pier known as the Long Bridge was built out from the foot of Broad Street, dividing the Great Dock into two parts. These were separately known as the East and West Docks or Basins. Shortly before the Revolutionary War, the original Great Dock was filled and new East and West Basins were built south of Front Street. These were filled in prior to 1797 with the extension of the shoreline to South Street. See also New Dock.
Great Fish Market. See Coenties Market.
Great George Street. (L18) Now Broadway from Ann Street north to Astor Place. Apparently, it was initially called George Street (8), but within a few months was being called Great George Street to distinguish it from the other George Streets then existing.
Great Graft. See Heere Graft.
Great Highway. (M-L17) Broadway from Bowling Green to Vesey Street.
Great Jones Lane Or Alley. See Cross Lane.
Great Kill or Great Kiln Road. (L18-M19) Most of this old road became Gansevoort Street in 1837. Continuing east on the line of today's Gansevoort Street it connected with Fitzroy Road, which led north to the Great Kill. Further on, at 16th Street east of Seventh Avenue, Great Kill Road divided into Warren Road and Southhampton Road. Great Kill Road east of Eighth Avenue was closed in the 1820s. The remainder was sometimes considered part of Greenwich Lane. The former Great Kill Road was also called Old Kill Road, and Old Kiln Road. The word kiln, was probably adopted as a genteel alternative to kill, which is simply the Dutch word for a creek or stream. There is no evidence of a kiln, either great or old, in this vicinity.
Great Public Road. (M-L17?) Another term for what is now Broadway between Bowling Green and Vesey Street.
Great Queen Street. (E-L18) Queen Street (1) was sometimes so called to distinguish it from Little Queen Street, the present Cedar Street.
Great Square. See Delancey Farm Grid.
Great Way, The. See Church Lane.
Green Lane (1). (L17) A former name of Maiden Lane.
Green Lane (2). (L18?-E19) A former name of Liberty Place.
Green(e) Street (1). (curr.) On the Mangin-Goerck Plan, the present Greene Street continued north to a junction with the Bowery. See also Bayard West Farm Grid.
Green(e) Street (2). (L18?) According to Post, a former name of Liberty Street.
Green(e) Street (3). See Green Lane (1).
Green(e) Street (4). (L18) A 1785 draft survey in the Bancker papers shows a Green Street. parallel to and 96 feet west of Scammel Street. This may be the same as the General Green Street that Post identifies with the present Gouverneur Street, which is about 30 feet farther west.
Greenwich Lane or Road. (M18-M19) On maps of the 18th and early 19th cenuries "Greenwich Lane" could denote all or part of the old Sand Hill Road, particularly the part west of Minetta Brook, as well as Great Kill Road. Greenwich Lane between Sixth Avenue and Broadway was closed in 1825. Great Kill Road became Gansevoort Street in 1837 and the remainder of Greenwich Lane was renamed Greenwich Avenue in 1843.
Greenwich Market (1). (E-M19)..Christopher Street between Greenwich and Washington Streets, 1812-1835.
Greenwich Market (2). See Weehawken Market.
Greenwich Market (3). See Spring Street Market.
Greenwich Street (1). (part) From Liberty to Vesey Streets was closed circa 1967 for the World Trade Center.
Greenwich Street (2). (n.d.) According to Post, a former name of Washington Street. This probably refers to a stretch near Christopher Street, where Greenwich Street was realigned eastward about 1800. A part of the old alignment was later incorporated into Washington Street.
Greenwich, Road to. (M18-E19) This usually means the old road that, with some realignment, is the present Greenwich Street (1) but see also Greenwich Lane and Greenwich Street (2).
Gurrey Place. See Garry Place.
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