Manhattan’s hidden etymologies

Some interesting neighborhood name origins from New York’smost eclectic borough.

Some interesting neighborhood name origins from New York’smost eclectic borough

HAMILTON HEIGHTS
Named after Alexander Hamilton

TIMES SQUARE
Named after the New York Times

GREENWICH
Dutch “groenwijck”, meaning “Green District”

SOHO
“South of Houston”

NOLITA
“North of Little Italy”

WALLSTREET
There used to be an actual wall there

STUYVESANT
Named after a Dutch governor

ALPHABET CITY
After Avenues A, B, C, and D

NOHO
“North of Houston”

FORT GEORGE
Named after an actual fort, which in turn was named after King George

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS
Named after Fort Washington, which stood there previously

HARLEM
Named after Haarlem, a Dutch city

CARNEGIE HILL
Named after Scottish tycoon Andrew Carnegie

TURTLE BAY
Deutal is Dutch for “knife”

LENOX HILL
Named after Scottish businessman Robert Lenox

TENDERLOIN
A reference to all the bribery in the area in old times

GRAMERCY
Dutch Krom Moerasje, “crooked little swamp”

HELL’S KITCHEN
Possibly something to do with early gang violence

CHELSEA
Named after a British nursing home

BOWERY
From Dutch “bouwerij”, meaning “farm”

TRIBECA
“Triangle below canal street”

BATTERY PARK
There used to be actual assault batteries there

 

Manhattan itself is a Lenape word for “island of many hills”

 

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