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We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targetedanalyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. To learn more or opt-out, read our Cookie Policy. Lower Manhattan is filled with odd streets, from the obscure intersection of Jay and Staple where you can own your own skybridge!

But none are quirkier than West Broadway. The name alone has perplexed Woman escort in Santa Barbara Yorkers for generations.

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Is it really called that because A person from Kalamazoo MI happens to be west of Broadway? Leading to the confusion is the fact that over the years the street has gone by so many monikers—Chapel Street, College Place, Laurens Street, South Fifth Avenue, LaGuardia Place—that it can be difficult to sort through what happened when. These days, New Yorkers have a tendency to take West Broadway for granted, but this short thoroughfare linking the World Trade Center to Washington Square provides a compact narrative of the development of the city, beginning with its life as a country lane and ending with today's multi-million dollar condo conversions in Soho and Tribeca.

O n one of the earliest plans of New York, the Bradford Map of Manhattan, almost everything west of Broadway and north of Trinity Church appears as an empty lot labelled the "King's Farm. Fourteen years after Bradford published his map, city surveyor Francis Maerschalck drew up a new city plan which showed that streets actually had been run through the King's Farm, including our first look at what would become West Broadway: three blocks of Chappel [sic] Street from Barkly Barclay to Warren Street.

Maerschalck's map ends at Warren Street where a palisade had been hastily Fairfield CA blue escort in to ward off a possible French attack during King George's War. Had the map gone further, it would have shown Chapel Street dead-ending just north of the defensive wall in a large swamp.

The Bradford Spruce High Point escorts. Image courtesy the Boston Public Library. Many street names in the King's Farm area honored Trinity Church: Vesey and Barclay had both been rectors of the parish; Church Street ran from the rear of Trinity's cemetery to the front of its "chapel of ease," St. Though the name of Chapel Street is Prostitute contact number in Queens Ny erroneously Escorts Huntsville AL east to St.

John's Chapel on Varick Street, there was never an actual chapel on this road. Indeed, the abundance of ecclesiastical names may simply have been an attempt by the influential parish to fight against the area's growing reputation as the city's red light district. When future treasury secretary Alexander Hamilton started attending King's College inthe school stood at the corner of Murray and Chapel Streets.

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At that time, as many as five hundred prostitutes worked the area. The college students affectionately dubbed it " holy ground.

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The swamp Milwaukee WI prostitute blocked the progress of Chapel Street was known as Lispenard's Meadow after the family that owned much of the property. Streets such as Lispenard, Leonard, and Anthony—now Worth—were all named after family members. According to the Geological History of ManhattanFemale escorts in Navasota "middle of the swamp ran through that part of the city on which West Broadway is now built, crossed [the yet-to-be-built] Canal Street and ended…[at] Spring Street.

To clean up the area, the city began draining both the Collect Pond and Lispenard's Meadow in via the canal that would eventually become Canal Street, allowing streets like Chapel Street to run north of the palisade for the first time.

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This northward expansion happened to coincide with the publication of the city's new street grid, called the Commissioners' Escort men Richmond Virginia VA, which laid out the city north of Houston Street. While it would take years for the population to move far enough uptown to begin settling those newly ed streets and avenues, streets west of Broadway were soon run to meet Chapel Street, creating a new neighborhood, which would later be called the Lower West Side, and, eventually, Madison chica escorts. One of the first people to buy land Laredo vallarta escort the new neighborhood was Gideon Tucker— a sometime politician and owner of a plaster factory [PDF]—who erected a combined house and store at the corner of White and West Broadway innow the street's oldest building.

The Gideon Tucker house. Photo by James Nevius. The building, former home of the Liquor Store bar and currently a J. Crew Men's store, has a nostalgic feel. That's actually always been part of its charm—even when Tucker constructed it, its gambrel roof and keystone lintels were already years out of date, hearkening back to the Colonial era. Perhaps Tucker had old-fashioned sensibilities or perhaps he knew what would sell. Soon, other houses popped up along the street, including West Broadway between Duane and Thomas, which was built ca.

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Chapel Street terminated at the canal image at right, via Museum of the City of New Yorkwhich would not be filled in and become a paved street until Meanwhile, north of the canal, in the area that is now Soho, a series of streets were laid out and—perhaps tapping into the same nostalgia Gideon Tucker was trying to evoke—were named for heroes of the American Revolution. Though most of Prostitution arabe NJ Colonial figures have faded from our civic consciousness, school children of Submissive escort West Virginia these streets' namesakes from their history books.

They were studying epic poems about "Fearless Wooster [who] aids the sacred cause"; Mercer who "advanc'd an Elliott Richmond Virginia escort death"; along with Sullivan, MacDougal, and "Young Laurens" who "grac'd a father's patriot name. The elder Laurens was president of the Continental Congress and was held as a prisoner in the Tower of London during the Revolution—the only American ever held there. He had little or no connection to New York.

While Chapel Street prospered, development was slow on the Laurens Street side of the canal. Even though the swamp had been drained bylots that still required "filling in" were being advertised in the New-York Evening Post as being a "great bargain. Since many New Yorkers struggled to earn a dollar a day, the area of Chapel Street north of the old palisade Cleveland now escort clearly established itself in just a little over a decade as a middle-class enclave, while Laurens Street was still an unimproved backwater.

Chapel Place saw its first "re-branding" inwhen the Common Council voted to rename the southernmost blocks of the street to College Place. The new name honored the fact that Columbia College the former King's College was the street's oldest and most prestigious resident. Though the school would move uptown less than three decades after the street's renaming, the College Place deation remained in use well into the twentieth century.

Today, however, only one remnant of this Cheapest prostitutes Louisville is visible: a carved on the side of the building at Murray Street and West Broadway. Around the same time that College Place came into existence, the rest of Chapel Street was beginning to be called West Broadway, though the deation took some time to become official.

According to Henry Moscow's Street Book: An Encyclopedia of Manhattan's Street Names and their OriginsEscorts Atlantic City NJ super mare name was coined in the hope that it would relieve traffic jams on nearby Broadway, which had established itself as New York's primary shopping district. East Broadway, which runs east from Chatham Square, appeared around the same time and, according to Moscow, for the same reason.

Presumably, the idea was that by just switching to the name "Broadway," Chapel Street would become more desirable for merchants and thus draw shops and lure shoppers.

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Image courtesy the Library of Congress. To that end, a group of merchants petitioned the Common Council to officially rename all of Chapel Green Bay WI escort duo Laurens Street as West Broadway in —and they were shot down. The council argued that Chapel Street was both too narrow and too short to deserve the "Broadway" Seattle Washington WA or escorts. But no one was waiting for the Common Council's approval; newspaper stories in are already referring to "West Broadway late Chapel Street " and by the s, the name was well established, even in official city documents.

Image courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York. I nWest Broadway was transformed—almost overnight—into one of the most important streets in the city with the opening of the depot of the Hudson River Railroad at the corner of Chambers Street. For the first time, commuter trains brought a new breed of suburbanites [PDF] directly to the burgeoning Financial District, making West Broadway the daily entrypoint for coming to work downtown.

InJames Boorman, one of the key investors in the Hudson River Railroad, snapped up the land opposite the train station's future home and built a four-story building. When the railroad first began operating init only ran north of 30th Street; however, when the line was finally extended down to Chambers inBoorman's building—which had been functioning as a boarding house up to that point—transformed into a hotel called Girard House.

A decade later, the hotel was heightened to six floors and redubbed the Cosmopolitan Hotel, the name it still bears to this day. Though the interiors have been stripped of any 19th-century touches, the Cosmopolitan is arguably the oldest hotel in operation in Manhattan and a rare reminder of West Broadway's central role in the city's business life.

The coming of the railroad may have brought commuters to the area, but it ushered in other demographic changes, as well. In —feeling hemmed in by the commercial developments in the area—Columbia College began preparing to move uptown from its College Place home, eventually relocating to Madison Avenue in As more piers were built along the Hudson River, the area also became both more working class and more African-American.

In the years leading up to the Civil War, David Rugglesthe noted black abolitionist, lived at 36 Lispenard Street, just a block from West Memphis whittaker real person, and James McCune Smitha pioneering African-American doctor, had a private practice and pharmacy Independent escorts high Montana West Broadway where he saw both white and black patients. InWilliam M. Bobo released a racist guidebook to the city called Glimpses of New Yorkin which he complains that while West Broadway "is capable of being made one of the handsomest streets in the city," it instead is mostly derelict.

He goes on to excoriate the many African Americans he sees there in their "old rickety shanties" or "standing on the corners or trolloping about from cellar to cellar. On June 16,at the height of the disturbance, police Oceanside escorts guide dispatched to "Thomas Street, near West Broadway, where, coming upon a mob destroying the dwellings of colored people they made a charge and scattered it.

North of Canal Street, the thoroughfare was still known as Laurens Street, and it was developing quite a Fortitude Lakewood escort reputation. The direct heir to the earlier "holy ground," it became known as "Rotten Row" and was home to numerous brothels. New York's prostitutes have always plied their trade in close proximity to the city's more upscale neighborhoods, and Rotten Night shift escort Norfolk was no exception. In the years just before and after the Civil War, the stretch of Broadway north of Chambers Street became the center of Manhattan's tourist Spring Mcallen escorts, with high-end retail shops, hotels, theaters, and restaurants—a sort of 19th-century equivalent to Times Square.

So it's no surprise that some of those tourists walked the four short blocks to Laurens Street's houses of ill repute. One place on the corner of Houston and West Broadway was described in The Gentlemen's Directory —an early guidebook to bordellos—as "a first class house with eight lady boarders. Everything is here arranged in the first style, while the bewitching smiles of fairy-like creatures who devote themselves to the services of Cupid are unrivalled by any of the fine ladies who walk Broadway in silks and satins new.

Laurens Street's Escorts Appleton angles is likely the reason why, ina plan was put forward to drop the name altogether. William "Boss" Tweed had just secured "home rule" for the Harmony Durham NC escort, removing Albany oversight from much of the city's decision-making, and though it might have made logical sense to name the whole thoroughfare West Broadway at this time, the city and Tweed had other plans. Tweed backed a plan to push Fifth Avenue through Washington Square.

As New York's Deputy Street Commissioner, he had already overseen the widening of Laurens Street; Tweed now wanted to rename it "South Fifth Avenue," hoping to boost property values by tying Laurens Street's fortunes to the more illustrious Fifth Avenue north of the Tampa Florida black escorts. With Tweed there was always an ulterior motive, so it seems likely that he—or his cronies— owned property on Laurens Streetand thus it was their fortunes he wanted to improve.

To confuse matters further, the new South Fifth Avenue was reed north-to-south, Bridgette Kansas City Mo escort No. Because this new plan coincided with a boom in new cast-iron construction, prime examples of this now-defunct ing scheme remain. At West Broadway, for example, the —its South Fifth Avenue address—is forever molded into the columns flanking the entryway. Similarly, the building that now houses the Anthropologie store at West Broadway is adorned with its South Fifth Avenue address on the cast-iron facade.

South Fifth Avenue did see a small real estate boom in andbut property values soon began to fall again. Though the "El" was seen by many—including Tweed—as a necessary modernization and a solution to the city's massive traffic problems, ground-floor shops under the shadow of the train tracks tended to suffer and everyone was affected by the noise and exhaust from the coal-burning trains.

This left only the remnant of College Place downtown with a unique—and by that point, long out-of-date—name. But West Broadway still had new identities in its future. S oon after Samuel F. Morse's introduction of the electric telegraph, New York became the center of the burgeoning telecommunications industry.

Dozens of rival telegraph companies competed for business until one-by-one they were either bought by—or driven out of business by—Western Union. Even after Austin escort resort commercial introduction of the telephone inthe telegraph reigned as the quickest and most efficient way to communicate.

Western Union saw huge growth in the s and decided to move from its antiquated headquarters on Lower Broadway Independant escorts Denton TX building with the time ball that gave rise to our New Year's Eve tradition to a new headquarters right on West Broadway.

The Lower West Side, as Tribeca was then generally known, saw a boom in communications buildings in the s and s, many of them deed by noted architect Ralph Walker. In between, he constructed the new Western Union headquarters filling the entire block between Hudson and West Broadway at Thomas Street—the Female escort Pembroke Pines FL ks where rioters had tried to attack African-Americans during the Civil War.

Walker's Art Deco, brick-faced skyscraper housed not just Western Union's offices and equipment, but also a high school for the telegram boys to continue their studies when they were not working. The company continued to own the building until ; today, it houses a of internet ventures and contains displays on the ground floor on the history and cultural importance of the telegram.

As the Lower West Side was witnessing the growth of commercial skyscrapers, the area of West Broadway north of Canal Street saw its fortunes decline—along with the rest of what would become known in the s Credit card escorts Tampa Soho. As retail moved uptown, the old cast-iron buildings in the area continue to house light manufacturing, but after World War II, most of that fled for the outer boroughs and New Jersey, leaving hundreds of vacant buildings that were perfect for artists' lofts.

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The area became—at least in the eyes of Robert Moses—a slum. By the time the City Club issued the report "The Wastelands of New York" inthose who didn't live in the area believed the only way to redeem it would be to start from scratch. Luckily for the artists who were beginning to occupy many of the buildings in the s as a " shadow presence " [PDF], this plan—along with Knoxville TN outcall escort attempt to ram the eight-line Lower Manhattan Expressway across Broome Street—never came to fruition.

Because the area was zoned for manufacturing, the artists lived illegally untilwhen the city's regulations were changed to encourage the use of these old cast-iron Nuevo Tampa Florida FL prostitution for lofts, studios, and galleries. As a of Goodyear prostitutes neighborhood's growing dominance in the art world, inIvan Karp had broken away from Leo Castelli's uptown gallery and opened OK Harris Gallery at West Broadway, the first on the street.

Castelli followed Karp downtown two years later to a space down the street at West Broadway. A New York Times article from that year outlined the various objections from West Broadway's residents.

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