Old Streets of New York
"M" Streets of New York
Maagde Paatje or Maegde Patie. (M17-E18) Dutch forms of the name now anglicized as Maiden Lane.
Macdougal Street. (part) The part between Spring and Prince Streets was absorbed by the southerly extension of Sixth Avenue in the 1920s. Some buildings south of Prince Street that were formerly on Macdougal Street now have Sixth Avenue house numbers.
Macombs Dam Road. (L19) Now Macombs Place. See McComb’s.
Macombs Lane. (E-L19) Changed to the present Macombs Place in 1906. See also McComb’s.
Madison Court. (M-L19) A rear court on the north side of Madison Street between Jefferson and Clinton Streets.
Madison Street. (n.d.) According to Post, a street running from the south side of 35th Street, about 170 feet east of Seventh Avenue, southwest to a point about 110 feet west of Seventh Avenue and 100 feet south of 35th Street.
Magaw Place. (E-L20) Changed to Colonel Robert Magaw Place in 1979. See also Fort Washington Place.
Magazine Street. (L18-19) The original name of Pearl Street between Park Row and Broadway. Named for a powder magazine, it was so called by 1787 and became part of Pearl Street in 1811.
Maiden Lane. (n.d.) According to Post, a lane formerly in the block bounded by the present Amsterdam and St. Nicholas Avenues and 160th and 161st Streets.
Maiden Slip. See Fly Market Slip.
Maidens Valley. The present Maiden Lane.
Maids Path. (M-L 17) An early anglicization of Maagde Paatje, now Maiden Lane.
Mail Street. (M19-M20) A street formerly cutting across the lower end of City Hall Park behind the old U S Post Office. It was opened in 1861 and closed about 1940.
Main Street. (E19) Mentioned in Minutes of the Common Council for August 3, 1812. Apparently part of the present Mercer Street.
Malcolm's Wharf. (E19) Between Beekman Slip and Crane Wharf.
Mall Street. (L18) Mentioned in the Minutes of the Common Council for August 26, 1789. From the context, this is probably an error for Mott Street.
Mangin Street. (part) As incorporated into the Commissioners' Plan, it ran only from Grand Street to the East River at Rivington Street. Later, with the filling in of the shoreline, Mangin Street was continued north. About 1830 it extended, at least on paper, as far as 11th Street, but it was never built north of 3rd Street. Most of Mangin Street between Grand and 3rd Streets was obliterated by urban renewal projects in the mid-20th century. Only two short links remain. One is under the Williamsburg Bridge; the other runs from the easterly leg of Baruch Place, formerly a part of Stanton Street, to East Houston Street. See also Mangin-Goerck Plan and Delancey Farm Grid.
Manhattan Alley. (E19-L20) Ran north from Reade Street to the middle of Block 154, where it met Republican Alley. It was demapped about 1990 for the new Federal Courthouse. See also Manhattan Place (1).
Manhattan Avenue. (E19) Not today’s Manhattan Avenue, but an early 19th Century name for what had been the Middle Road and is now part of Fifth Avenue.
Manhattan Lane. (L18?-M19) Ran from 121st and Sylvan Place southwest to a point just north of 118th Street between Park and Madison Avenues, where it met Manhattan Road.
Manhattan Market (1). (E-M19) In the block bounded by Stanton, Rivington, Goerck and Mangin Streets, 1827-1835.
Manhattan Market (2). (L19) In the block bounded by Eleventh and Twelfth Avenues, 34th and 35th Streets, 1872-1880.
Manhattan Place (1). (L19-E20) A name for the two connecting alleys in Block 154 that were also separately known as Manhattan Alley and Republican Alley.
Manhattan Place (2). (M19-E20) Originally a through-block alley from Goerck to Mangin Street between Delancey and Rivington Streets. By 1879 the Goerck Street side had been filled in and the shortened alley was entered only from Mangin Street.
Manhattan Road. (L18?-M19) From Manhattan Lane, at a point just north of 118th Street between Park and Madison Avenues, it ran northwest, paralleling Harlem Creek to a point about 200 feet east of Eighth Avenue between 122nd and 123rd Streets. There it turned southwest and across the creek to an intersection with the Kingsbridge Road at what is now St. Nicholas Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard.
Manhattan Street (1). (E19-E20) As laid out in 1806, Manhattan Street ran from what is now St. Nicholas Avenue, at 124th Street to the Hudson River. The block between St. Nicholas and Morningside Avenues was renamed Hancock Place in 1886. The balance of Manhattan Street was made part of West 125th Street in 1920. See Manhattanville.
Manhattan Street (2). (M19-M20) A street formerly running the single block from East Houston to East 3rd Street between Avenue D and Lewis Street. It was closed in the 1940s for construction of the Lillian Wald Houses.
Manhattan Street (3). (M19) The the same as Manhattan Place (1), circa 1850.
Mann Street. (E19) Mentioned in the Minutes of the Common Council for July 9, 1821. From the context, probably part of the present Mercer Street.
Mansfield Place. (M-L19) A row of 22 houses on the north side of West 51st Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues.
Maple Street. (E19) A street laid out on the Glass House Farm. It ran slightly west of Tenth Avenue from 34th Street south to a point just north of 32nd Street.
Marcktveldt, Het. (M-L17) On the de Sille list. Dutch for the Market Field, the open space on the east side of the Fort that is now part of Whitehall Street.
Marcktveldts Steegje. (M-L17) On the de Sille list. Called Marckvelt Straet on the Selyns list. See Marketfield Lane.
Margaret Street (1). (L18) The former name of Willett Street, changed about 1806.
Margaret Street (2). (L18-E19) In the Stuyvesant Farm Grid, the third street east of the Bowery, perpendicular to Stuyvesant Street.
Margaret Street (3). (L18-E19) An early name for part of Wooster Street, roughly between Bleecker Street and Waverly Place.
Margaret Street (4). (M-L18) A former name of Cherry Street from Columbia Street eastward.
Marginal Street. See Exterior Street.
Maria Street. (E19) A street in the subdivision of the Kip’s Bay Farm. It ran from a point northwest of Second Ave and 29th Street to the East River shoreline southeast of First Avenue and 29th Street.
Marie Curie Avenue. (M20) The former Exterior or Marginal Street along the East River from 53rd to 80th Streets was renamed Marie Curie Avenue in 1935. It is now part of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive.
Marietta Street. (E19) On Bridges’ 1807 version of the Mangin-Goerck Plan, this street is shown running from Art Street, nearly opposite Thompson Street, northward 11 blocks to the edge of the map. Spelled Marretta in Post.
Marion Street . (M19-E20) Formerly the northerly part of Orange Street, it ran rrom Centre and Broome Streets north to a dead end just beyond Prince Street. The part north of Kenmare Street was incorporated into Lafayette Street about 1905. In 1907 the two blocks from Broome to Spring Street were renamed Cleveland Place. See also Mary Street (1).
Market for Country Produce. (M-L17)..At Pearl Street between Whitehall and Broad Streets from 1656 to about 1677. Also known as the Market Place at the Strand.
Market Place. (E19) The 1811 Commissioners’ Plan set aside a large open space for a public market. Also known as the Grand Market Place, it ran from First Avenue to the East River between 7th and 10th Streets. The square was reduced in size in 1815 and eliminated entirely in 1824. In 1833 part of it became Tompkins Square Park.
Market Place at the Strand. (M-L17) On Pearl Street from Whitehall to Broad Streets., 1656-1675.
Market Slip. (curr.) At the foot of Market Street, between Cherry and South Streets. Built prior to 1797 as George’s Slip, it became Market Slip in 1813 and was filled about 1840. The filled-in area retains its name on city maps.
Market Square. (M-L19) Bounded by Third Avenue, Sylvan Place, 120th and 121st Streets.
Market Stand. See Farmers Market and Gansevoort Market.
Market Street (1). (L17-L18?) According to Post, a former name of South William Street. It may refer to the Old Slip Market at Hanover Square, which existed from 1691 to about 1780.
Market Street (2). (L18) Briefly, circa 1793, a name for Maiden Lane and Fly Market Slip.
Marketfield Street. (part) Originally the Dutch Marcktvelt Steeghie, it was also known in English as the Marketfield Alley, Path or Lane. In the early 18th Century it included, in addition to the existing street, what are now Battery Place, the south side of Bowling Green, and a link between Broadway and New Street. The part west of Broadway was renamed Battery Place in 1829. The segment between Broadway and New Street was demapped in 1880 for the construction of the Produce Exchange. To compensate, a perpendicular link was provided to Beaver Street opposite New Street. This link was first considered an extension of New Street but more recent maps show it as part of Marketfield Street.
Marketfield, the, or Markveldt. (M17-L18) The open space on the east side of the Fort, part of which is now Whitehall Street.
Marston's Wharf (1). (L18) On the East River at or near 80th Street.
Marston's Wharf (2). (E19) At or near the foot of Pine Street.
Martha Street. (L18-E19) In the Stuyvesant Farm Grid, the fifth street east of the Bowery, perpendicular to Stuyvesant Street.
Martin Terrace. (M-L19) East 30th Street between Second and Third Avenues.
Mary Street (1). (L18) Circa 1797, the name of what was later Orange Street (now Baxter Street) from Leonard Street northward. See Marion Street.
Mary Street (2). (E19) A former name of Waverly Place north of Christopher Street., shown on the 1803 Mangin-Goerck Plan. It had been renamed Catharine Street (4) by 1813, when the latter name was changed to Factory Street..
Mary Street (3). According to Post, a former name of Christopher Street between Greenwich Avenue and Waverly Place.
McComb's Bridge Avenue. See McComb's Lane.
McComb's Dam Road. See McCombï¿½s Lane.
McComb's or Macombs Lane. (M19-E20) Initially (1815) called McComb's Dam Road. Circa 1825 called McComb's Bridge Avenue. Later called McComb's Lane. In the course of the 19th Century, Macombs became the more common spelling. Changed to the present Macombs Place in 1906. See also Bussing's Point Road.
McCrea's Dock. (E19) In the block later bounded by Clinton, Montgomery, Water and South Streets.
McCrea's Wharf. (E19) Foot of Jefferson Street.
McKee's Dock. (E19) Foot of North Moore Street.
Meadow Street. (L18) An early name for Grand Street between Broadway and Sullivan Streets. See also Judith Street (1).
Meal Market. (E-M18) Also known as the Wall Street Market, it was located at Pearl and Wall Streets from 1709 to 1762.
Meat Market (1). (M-L17) The first meat market. At Whitehall and Bridge Streets, 1659-1677.
Meat Market (2). See Broadway Shambles.
Mechanic Alley (1). (E-L19) Ran south from Cherry Street between Market and Pike Streets.
Mechanic Alley (2). (E-L19) Ran from Monroe Street south to Cherry Street between Market and Pike Streets.
Mechanic's Lane. See Mechanic's Place (1) and (2).
Mechanic's Place (1). (M-L19?) Formerly at the rear of 26 Avenue A, between 2nd and 3rd Streets. See also Merchant's Place.
Mechanic's Place (2). (M19) At the rear of 359 Rivington Street between Lewis and Goerck Streets.
Meek's Court. (M19) A rear court on the east side of Broad Street between Beaver Street and Exchange Place.
Merchant Street. (M19) Following the Great Fire of 1835 there were several widenings and realignments of streets in the burnt area. Merchant Street, earlier called Exchange Street, was shifted slightly south to align with Beaver Street and was also extended an additional block east to Pearl Street. The two blocks of Merchant Street were then made part of Beaver Street.
Merchant's Court. (M19) Formerly in rear of 48 1/2 Exchange Place, between Broad and William Streets.
Merchant's Place. (n.d.) Formerly in the rear of 28 Avenue A. See also Mechanic's Place (1).
Merchant's Row. See West Washington Market (1).
Mesier's Alley. (L18-E19) See Cuyler's Alley.
Mesier's Market. See Crown Market.
Mesier's Slip. (M-L18) At the foot of Cortlandt Street. Became Cortlandt Slip in 1788.
Mews, The. (n.d.) According to Post, a name for Theatre Alley.
Middle Road (1). (L18-M19) As laid out on Goerck's 1785 map of the Common Lands, this road branched from the Eastern Post Road at the present Third Avenue and 27th Street and ran northwest to what is now Fifth Avenue near 42nd Street. From that point it continued north along the present line of Fifth Avenue to meet the Eastern Post Road again near 90th Street. Shortly after 1800 a road was built running northeast from 90th Street to a bridge over the Harlem River at 129th Street. This was sometimes also considered a part of the Middle Road although it was probably better known as the Harlem Bridge Road. The part of the Middle Road from 42nd to 90th Streets determined the line of Fifth Avenue in the 1811 Commissioners' Plan. That plan omitted the diagonal south of 42nd Street, which was closed about 1850. See also Manhattan Avenue.
Middle Road (2). (L18-E19) A name used circa 1787-1802 for what is now Broadway between Ann Street and Union Square. See also Great George Street.
Middle Street. (L18) A street near the line of the present Monroe Street between Montgomery Street and the FDR Drive.
Midtown Municipal Market. See Queensboro Bridge Market.
Mill Lane. (part) Mill Street, as it existed before 1837, was sometimes also called Mill Lane. This name is now used for the short link between South William and Stone Streets. See below.
Mill Street. (L17-M19) An L-shaped street, the longer part of which is now South William Street from Broad Street to the present Mill Lane. The shorter part is now Mill Lane from South William to Stone Street. (According to Post, the longer part was sometimes more specifically called Mill Street Lane and the shorter part Mill Street Alley.) In 1837 the longer part of the L was extended to join William Street and its name was changed to South William Street. The short link to Stone Street seems to have kept the name Mill Street for a while before becoming the more modest Mill Lane.
Miller Highway. (part) An elevated highway built in the 1930s-40s and more often called the West Side Highway. It ran above West Street and Twelfth Avenue from Rector Street to West 72nd Street. Following an accident in 1973, in which a dump truck fell through to the street below, most of the deteriorated structure was closed south of 57th Street. The entire Miller Highway south of 59th Street was demolished between 1976 and 1989. The elevated structure from 59th to 72nd Streets was renovated and remains in use.
Miller('s) Place. (M-L19) An alley at 4 MacDougal Street, between Spring and Vandam Streets.
Miller's Wharf. (E19) Foot of Roosevelt Street.
Milligan Lane. (L18?-E19) According to Post, a former name of West 10th Street between Sixth and Greenwich Avenues, but may be the same as Milligan Street.
Milligan Street. (E19) Ran perpendicular to Greenwich Avenue from its present intersection with West 10th Street, through the southeast corner of Sixth Avenue and 11th Street, to a junction with Union Road at what is now the south side of 12th Street about 200 feet east of Sixth Avenue. The second Shearith Israel Cemetery, opened in 1805, was located on Milligan Street. The cemetery was reduced to its present size when 11th Street was cut through in 1829. An entry in Stokes' chronology errs in stating that Milligan Street "became" 11th Street.
Millward Place. (M-L19) A former name of part of West 31st Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues.
Minetta Place. (M-L19) Rear of 2 Minetta Street.
Minthorne Street. (E19) A street parallel to and two blocks north of North Street in the expanded Delancey Farm Grid shown on the Mangin-Goerck Plan of 1803. (Post errs in saying it was two blocks north of Stuyvesant Street.) In 1805 the Common Council approved the continuation of Minthorne Street from the Bowery west to Broadway. By 1807 this westward extension was called Great Jones Street. Minthorne Street east of the Bowery was superseded by the 1811 Commissioners' Plan.
Minuit Place. (E20) Ran from West 187th to West 189th Street between Broadway and Overlook Terrace. Closed in 1927.
Mission Place. (M19-E20) Ran northwest from Park Street, crossing Worth Street, and continuing to a dead end in the block between Worth and Leonard Streets. The dead-end stub, known as Cow Bay, was closed in 1867. The rest of Mission Place was demapped in 1920 for the New York State Courthouse on Foley Square. See Little Water Street.
Mitchell & Agnew's Alley. (E19) An alley slightly west of Roosevelt Street. According to Post, it ran from Front to South Streets, but two directories say it ran from Water to Front. The latter may have been closed and a new one opened when the shoreline was extended to South Street.
Mitchell & Agnew's Basin. (E19) Between Dover Street and Mitchell & Agnews's Alley.
Mitchell & Agnew's Wharf. (E19) At foot of Mitchell & Agnews's Alley.
Moll Street. (L18) Listed by Post with no location given. Apparently a misrendering of Mott Street, which is labeled Moll on the 1785 Hills Map reproduced in the 1848 Valentine's Manual.
Monroe Market. (M19) Intersection of Grand, Monroe and Corlaers Streets, 1836-1847.
Monroe Place. (M-L19) Part of Monroe Street between Montgomery and Gouverneur Streets.
Monument Lane. (M-L18) An extension of Sand Hill Road, now Greenwich Avenue, beyond Gansevoort Street to an obelisk on what is now the north side of 14th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues. The monument was erected in 1762 to honor General James Wolfe, hero of the Battle of Quebec. Initially, the name Monument Lane probably referred only to the extension, but the name was sometimes applied to all of Sand Hill Road west of Minetta Brook, and even to the entire road from the Bowery westward. The monument itself was removed prior to August 1773.
Moordt Kuyl Street. (M18) According to du Simitiere, a name for Vesey Street prior to 1767, supposedly from a hollow at the bottom of the street where a murder had been committed. But see Mortkile Street.
Moore Street. (L18-E19?) So labeled on the 1797 Taylor-Roberts Plan. It is labeled with its present name, North Moore Street, on the 1803.Mangin-Goerck Plan..
Moore's Row. (E19) Ran from Henry to Madison Streets between Catherine and Market Streets. Later known as Torbert Street.
Moore's Wharf (1). (L18-E19) Between Beekman Street and Peck Slip.
Moore's Wharf (2). Foot of the present Moore Street.
More or Moor Street. Variants of Moore Street.
Morningside Avenue. (L19) Now Morningside Drive. See Morningside Park West.
Morningside Avenue East. See Morningside Park East.
Morningside Avenue West. See Morningside Park West.
Morningside Park East. (L19) Now the part of Morningside Avenue between 113th and 116th Streets. .On some maps also labeled Morningside Avenue East. See also Columbus Avenue.
Morningside Park West. (L19) Now Morningside Drive. On some maps also labeled Morningside Avenue West or even simply Morningside Avenue.
Morris Place. (M-L19) West 42nd Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues.
Morris Street (1). (part) The part from Greenwich to Washington Streets was closed in the 1940s for the approach to the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel. The block between Washington and West Streets was renamed Teddy Gleason Street in 1997. See also Beaver Lane, Goelet's Street, Fincher's Alley.
Morris Street (2). (E19) A street parallel to and three blocks north of North Street (East Houston Street) in the expanded Delancey Farm Grid shown on the Mangin-Goerck Plan of 1803. This Morris Street was superseded by the 1811 Commissioners’ Plan. Post errs in saying it was three blocks north of Stuyvesant Street.
Mortkile or Mortkill Street. (L18) Based on an entry in Stokes Chronology, Barclay Street was apparently known by this name in 1776, but see also Moordt Kuyl Street.
Morton Street . (L18) Now Clarkson Street between Varick and Hudson Streets. It was renamed in 1807, at which time the former name was transferred to the present Morton Street two blocks north.
Moses Street. (E19) A street laid out on the Glass House Farm, it ran from 34th Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues south to a point between 32nd and 33rd Streets.
Mosquito Market. See Collect Market.
Mott's Lane. See Strikers Lane.
Mount Morris Avenue. (L19) So named in 1878, it became Mount Morris Park West in 1893. The park itself is now Marcus Garvey Park. See also Nathan Davis Place.
Mount Morris Park or Square. (M19-L20) Opened in 1840 as Mount Morris Square, became Mount Morris Park circa 1880. Renamed Marcus Garvey Park in 1973.
Mount Morris Place. (L19) West 124th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
Moylan Place. (E-M20) Ran from Broadway to Amsterdam Avenue at the present West 125th Street. It had earlier been part of West 126th Street. Named for Pvt.William A. Moylan, killed in World War I. Moylan Place was eliminated in 1954 for the General Grant Houses.
Muddy Lane. (M-L17) The English form of the Dutch Slick Steegie, most of which is now South William Street. See also Mill Street..
Mulberry Bend Park. (L19-E20) The park now bounded by Mulberry, Bayard, Baxter and Worth Streets. It was renamed Columbus Park in 1911.
Murray Hill Square. (M19) A proposed square extending about 100 feet on either side of Fourth Avenue between 31st and 34th Streets.
Murray's Wharf. (M-E19) At the foot of Wall Street, on the northeast side of Coffee House Slip.
Muscoota Street. (M19?-E20) A road leading from the present Broadway, at about West 225th Street, east to the Farmer’s Bridge (1756-1911) over what was then part of the Harlem River. The street was realigned in the late 19th Century but remained Muscoota Street until 1905, when it became part of West 225th Street.
Mustarry Street. (M18) The name of Mulberry Street between Park Row and the former Park Street, as shown on the 1763 "Maerschalkin" Plan reproduced in the 1850 Valentine's Manual. It is probably a mapmaker's error.
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