The writer would like to acknowledge here, his great indebtedness to I. N. Phelps Stokes, creator of the magnificent Iconography of New York City, George Henry Stegmann, Henry Collins Brown and other early New York historians who made his chore of compiling this directory an easier one.
Abattoir Place, now West 12th St. bet. 11th Ave. & the Hudson River.
Abingdon Place, now West 12 th St. bet. Hudson & Greenwich Sts. Laid out c. 1807, it was known then as Cornelia St.; in 1817 as Scott St.
Abingdon Road, see Love Lane.
Academy Street, still in existence.
Achmuty Lane was in block bounded by Water, South, Pike, & Rutgers Sts.
Adams Place, now West Broadway bet. Spring& Prince Sts.
Albany Avenue, once ran from 26th St. bet. 5th& Madison Aves. northwesterly, crossing 5th Ave. bet. 29th& 30th St. to corner of 6th Ave. & 42nd St. then northerly on the present line of 6th Ave. to 93, rd St.
Albion Place, now East 4th St. bet. 2nd Ave. & the Bowery.
Alms House, south side of Chamhers St. on the site of New Court House.
Amity Alley (Amity Place), forincrly in rear of No. 216 Wooster St.
Amity Lane, was a country lane 1752) which commenced at Broadway, 50 ft. north of Bleecker St. & ran north westerly to 6th Ave. just south of 4th St.
Amity Street, now West 3rd St. bet. Broadway & 6th Ave.
Amos Street, now West 10th St. bet. Greenwich Ave. & the Hudson River.
* Amsterdam Street.
Ann Street, now Grand St. bet. Broadway & the Bowery. Laid out in 1797; name changed in 1807.
AnnStreet, now Elm St. bet. Reade & Franklin Sts. Name changed in 1807.
Anne Street. Horse & Cart St. in 1748.
Anthony Street, now Duane St.
Anthony Street, now Worth St. bet. Hudson & Baxter Sts. Laid out in 1795; known in 1797 as Catherine St.; 1807 as Anthony St. from Little Water St.
* Antwerp Street.
Arch Place, was in rear of No. 109 Canal St. bet. Church St. & West Broadway.
Arden Street (Ardens) now Morton St. bet. Varick & Bleecker Sts.; changed in 1829. Also called Eden St.
Art Street, now Astor Place. Originally a lane leading from the Bowery to a part of the Stuyvesant Farm, it was known as Art St. in 1807.
Arundel Street, now Clinton St. from Division to Houston Sts. Laid out c. 1760; changed to Chinton in 1828.
Ashland Place, now Perry St. bet. Waverly Place & Greenwich Ave.
Asylum Street, now West 4th St. bet. 6th Ave. & 13th St. Originally Chester St. Changcd to Asylum St. when N. Y. Orphan Asylum erected there.
Autchmuty Street, named after Rev. Dr. Samuel Auchmuty, Rector of Trinity Parish. Now Rector St.
Augustus Street, now City Hall Place. Laid out c. 1795 It was known as Augustus St. in 1797.
Bache Street, now Beach St.
Back of Jail, Chambers St. near Centre St.
Bailey Street was laid out through the New York Common Lands. It ran from Broadway to Albany Ave. bet. 25th& 26th Sts.
Bancker Street, now Duane St.
Bancker Street, now Madison St. bet. Catherine & Pearl Sts. It was projected c. 1750; known as Bancker in 1755; as Madison since.
Bannon Street, now Spring St.
Bar Street as laid out, ran from Grand St. to the Fast River bet, Scammel & Jackson Sts. It was also called Fir St.
Barley Street, now Duane St. from Rose to Hudson Sts. Laid out 1791; name changed 1807.
Barrack Street, former name of Tryon Row (now obsolete); known by this name in 1766.
Barrick Street, now Exchange Place.
Barrow Street, now West Washington Place bet. Macclougal & West 4th Sts.
Bartley Street, now Duane Street from Greenwich St. to Pearl St.
Batavia Lane, now Batavia St.
Battoe (Batan, Batteaux) Street, now Dey St.
Bayard Place, now Charles Lane; narrow street running from Washington to West St. bet. Charles & Perry Sts.
Bayard Street, now Stone St.
Bayard's Lane, now Broome Street.
Beaver Lane (Bever Lane) now Morris St. (Goelets St.).
Beaver's Path, now Battery Place. Old Indian road.
Bear Market, Greenwich St. between Fulton and Vesey Streets.
Bedlow Street, now Madison St. bet. Catherine & Montgomery Sts. Known by this name in 7971; as Bancker St. in 1817.
Belvedere Place, now West 10th St.
Bellevue Lane, a lane in the old Bellevue estate which led to the Old Post Road.
Benson's Lane, now Elm St.
Berkley Street, part of Barclay St.
Bethune Street, still standing. Opened 1827.
Beurs Straat was the Dutch name of Whitehall St.
Bever Graft, Bever Straat, Bever Paatfie, were the Dutch names of Beaver St. from Broadway to Broad St.
Birmingham Street, still standing.
Blindman's Alley, still standing 26 Cherry St.
Bloomfield Street formerly ran from No. 7 10th Ave. to the Hudson River.
Bloomingdale Road, once one of the city's main thoroughfares, started at 23rd St., being the continuation of Broadway at that point. It followed the present Broadway as far as 86th St. where it veered easterly, running bet. Broadway & Amsterdan, Ave. At 104th St. it again followed the line of Broadway until reaching 107th St., where it turned slightly westerly until it met the present easterly roadway of Riverside Drive, following it to 116th St. Here it turned easterly, crossing Broadway at 1, 2, 6th St. & meeting Old Broadway at Manhattan St. (The present Old Broadway bet. Manhattan St. & 133rd St. is a part of the original road.) Front 133rd St. it ran slightly cast of the present Broadway into Hamilton Place at 138th St., follow'ng Haindton Pl. to its termination at Amsterdam Ave. & 144th St., & from there running northeasterly & ending at the junction of Kingsbridge Road, just cast of St. Nicholas Ave. & 147th St.
Bogart Street formerly ran from No. 539 West St. west to the Hudson River.
Boorman Place, former name of part of West 33rd St., between Fighth and Ninth Avenues.
Bcorman Terrace, former name of part of West 32nd St. between Eighth and Ninth Avenues.
Borce (Boree) part of the old Bowery Road.
Boston Post Road. (See Eastern Post Road.)
Bott Street, now Elm St.
Boulevard The, now Broadway from 59th to 155th Sts. It was opened in 1868 and changed to Broadway on Jan. 1, 1899.
Boulevard Place, now West 130th St. from 5th to Lenox Aves.
Bowery, The, part of an old Indian trail. Called Bowery Rd. or Bowery Lane, it dates from 1625.
Bower Lane. The Bowery was so called in 1760, since 1807 known as The Bowery.
Bowery Place was in the rear of No. 49 Chrystic St. bet. Canal & Hester Sts.
Bowling Green, now Cherry St.
Brannon (Branner, Brennan) Street, now Spring St.
Breedweg (Breedwegh). Broadway bet. Bowling Green & Park Row was known by these names during the Dutch occupancy.
Brevoort Place, now West 10th St. bet. Broadway & University Pl.
Brewers Hill, now Gold St. Brewen's Street (Breurs, Brawer Straat) now Stone St.
Bride Street, now Minetta St. from Bleecker St. to the bend in the street.
Bridge Street was one of the former names of Elin St.
Bridewell, Broadway opposite Murray St.
Broad Wagon Way The, name of Broadway in 1670.
Broadway Alley runs from No. 153 East 26th St. north to 27th St.
Brook Street was the former name of Hancock St.
Brouwer Straat (Brewer's St.) was the name the Dutch first gave to the present Stone St. It was one of the earliest streets laid out by them and received this name on account of the Brewery of the West India Co. being located on it. Since 1797 has been known as Stone St., having been called High St. in 1674, and Duke St. in 1691. Brugh Straat (Bridge Street) was one of the early Dutch streets and received the name on account of it being the street which led to the bridge over the canal in Broad St.; known as Bridge St. in 1674; as Hull St. in 1691; and as Bridge St. since 1728.
Brugh Steegh (Bridge Lane) was a narrow Street, about twenty-two feet wide, which ran between Bridge and Stone Sts. It was closed about 1674. Budd Street was the former name of Van Dam St.
Bullock Street was the former name of Broome St.; known by this name in 1766; since 1807 known as Broome St.


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  • Introduction 9
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  • Illustrations 13
  • Foreword 15
  • The Upshot 263
  • Index 264
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