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Naming New York

Manhattan Places & How They Got Their Names
Feirstein, Sanna (Book - 2001)
Naming New York
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New York is the oldest continually occupied city in America, yet its rich history is largely obscured by development. New Yorkers are surrounded by hundreds of place names, from those that survive from Manhattan's earliest days as a Dutch trading post to those that reflect the city's rich colonial, African and immigrant heritage. They provide a veritable encyclopedia of the city's history. Buildings may come and go, but place names are surprisingly durable.

Naming New York is a comprehensive compilation and explanation of the names of Manhattan's streets, alleys, avenues, plazas, parks and corners. It surveys names currently in use and includes the oldest and the newest honorific "add-on" names, from Astor Place to Yitzak Rabin Way.

Whether you're a history or trivia buff, tourist, or just fascinated by place names, learning about the origins of these mostly unexamined sources enriches one's experience of the city, and transforms a simple neighborhood errand into a trip through time.

For example:

Bowery: In the 17th century, Dutch farms known as "bowerij" were laid out in this section of Manhattan along the path of an old Indian trail. Known since that time as the Bowery, the thoroughfare became the first section of the Post Road from New York City to Boston.

Houston Street: For William Houstoun, 1757-1812, of a prominent Georgia family, who married a daughter of Manhattan landowner Nicholas Bayard III. The Georgia provenance of the name accounts for its pronunciation and spelling both of which distinguish it from the Texas city.

Wall Street: Follows the line of the city wall that the Dutch erected in 1653 across the northern perimeter of New Amsterdam to protect against attack from the British in New England.



Book News
New York Historical Society docent Feirstein has written a historically rich guide to New York City that will entertain both New Yorkers and tourists as they walk through the Big Apple. The histories of the city's major neighborhoods, as well as the history of their names divide the book into sections, the remainder of which contains the names of streets, parks, plazas, corners, alleys, and avenues in that neighborhood and the history of each name. The guide is illustrated with b&w photos of New York's illustrious folk. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Authors: Feirstein, Sanna
Statement of Responsibility: Sanna Feirstein
Title: Naming New York
Manhattan places & how they got their names
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, c2001
Characteristics: 207 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 192-195) and index
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift; New York Genealogical and Biographical Society; 2008
Subject Headings: New York (N.Y.) Directories New York (N.Y.) History Historic sites New York (State) New York Directories Names, Geographical New York (State) New York Directories Streets New York (State) New York Directories Street names New York (State) New York Directories
Topical Term: Historic sites
Names, Geographical
Streets
Street names
Donor Note: Gift of New York Genealogical and Biographical Society
Found in: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Collection
LCCN: 00048677
ISBN: 0814727123
0814727115
Branch Call Number: 917.471 F
Research Call Number: NYGB N.Y. L M314.6 F328
SC D 04-2134
Desk-USLHG 01-11197 (Shelf 1)
*R-Map Div. Desk F128.67.A1 F45 2001
*R-SIBL F128.67.A1 F45 B. Altman Reference Desk
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