Tag: What’s in a Name?

What’s In A Name?: Stewart House, 70 East 10th Street

Some years back, we had a series called ‘What’s In A Name?,’ exploring the reason behind some of the names found on buildings, streets, parks, or other locations in our area that we perhaps don’t give much thought to. One such …

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What’s In a Name? Neighborhood Edition

Off the Grid has featured many posts about some of the place names within Greenwich Village and the East Village, including Bleecker Street, Taras Shevchenko Place, and Father Demo Square. So a series of posts on how some Manhattan neighborhoods …

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Is Gay Street really ‘gay’?

It’s one of the quaintest and most intriguing streets in the West Village.  It’s located just a block from the Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement.  And as Off the Grid favorite Jerry Seinfeld would say, …

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What’s In a Name? The Fireman’s Memorial Garden

As we continue to document the research we have compiled on every building and site in the East Village, we run across some incredible stories of the neighborhood’s history. Such is the case for a site at 358-362 East 8th …

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Father Demo Square

What’s in a Name?: Father Demo Square

 Strolling through Father Demo Square at 6th Avenue and Carmine and Bleecker Streets, one might naturally assume that the name of the park has something to do with the neighboring Our Lady of Pompei Church, whose bell tower rises over …

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What’s in a Name: Taras Shevchenko Place

If you’ve taken a trip to the new Cooper Union building or gone for a beer at McSorley’s, you’ve most likely noticed that small one-block street that runs between St. George’s Ukrainian Church and Cooper Union, between Seventh Street and …

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What’s in a Name: Bleecker Street

It is hard to imagine Bleecker Street, with its high fashion boutiques, small businesses, cafes, and food shops as farmland, but then again it is hard to visualize any part of Manhattan in its rural state. Bleecker Street’s provenance is …

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What’s in a Name?: The Saul Birns Building

Included within the boundaries of the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s proposed East Village/Lower East Side Historic District is the venerable limestone and terra cotta-clad Saul Birns Building, located on the west side of Second Avenue between 6th & 7th Streets. The …

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What’s in a Name: Bank Street

Sometimes determining the provenance of a street’s name is fairly easy. It is true for Bank Street in Greenwich Village, which was named for … you guessed it … a branch of the Bank of New York, which located to …

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