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Do You Know What These New York Neighbourhood Acronyms Stand For?: https://viewing.nyc/do-you-know-what-these-new-york-neighborhood-acronyms-stand-for/
How The Neighbourhoods of Manhattan Got Their Names: http://mentalfloss.com/article/12705/how-neighborhoods-manhattan-got-their-names
How Did Soho Get Its Name?: https://londonist.com/2015/12/how-did-soho-get-its-name
Harlem on Etymonline: https://www.etymonline.com/word/harlem
Hell’s Kitchen: http://www.howitgotnamedthat.com/name-003-hells-kitchen.html
A Brief History of Astoria, Queens: https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/usa/new-york/articles/a-brief-history-of-astoria-queens/
Astoria History: https://www.astoria.org/astoria-history.html
The History Of Flushing: https://macaulay.cuny.edu/eportfolios/berger2011/flushing-new-york/history/
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Hells Kitchen hasn't been gentrified... Was never really residential enough.. but as they cleaned up and commercialized Times Square.. the West side of Time's Square got cleaned up by osmosis lol Good Video Though..
2:05 it's pronounced "How stun" not "Hue-Stun"...that's a city in Texas. The street in NYC is named after a man who pronounced his name like the former. Just saying, if you say "Houston street" in new York you'll get corrected every time. "Oh, you mean 'Houston st.'.?.
I'm surprised that this wasn't called "Part 1" because so many neighborhoods were left out. I started life in The Pelham Bay area of The Bronx, and I'm now just outside in Oceanside. I sometimes drive through The Rockaways (note the "The.") to get to Broad Channel and leave though Howard Beach. I'm sure that you can do a whole video on Coney Island. Bay Ridge, Rosendale, and Jamaica may be interesting. Certainly, Brooklyn Heights has interesting history, as does Red Hook. I could go on, but you may also find waterways interesting. These could include Dead Horse Bay, Buttermilk Channel, or the infamous Walkabout Bay.
Oh, and yes, hearing Hewston instead of Howston was jarring and annoying, since this wasn't about Texas.
Murray Hill (manhattan) is named after the Murrays, a couple who lived in the area during the revolutionary war. They were spies for the colonies. Tudor City (my neighborhood!) was an Irish slum/gang roost called Corcoran's Roost. Jimmy Corcoran was the leader of the gang, and when he died, he left his money to his children. His kids moved out of the area, which led to many other people moving away too. The community was very weak, allowing for a businessman to buy up the land and turn it into a middle class residential complex. The buildings are built in the Tudor style, hence Tudor City. The original plan was to extend the neighborhood all the way to the East River, but the Depression struck before the riverside buildings could be built. Then WWII broke out, further postponing construction. In the end, the land was bought and is now the site of the United Nations. There was once a bay in the shape of a knife in Turtle Bay. The Dutch word for "knife" sounds a bit like "turtle," and the name eventually evolved into Turtle Bay. There's a lot of history here. I love it
I grew up in a neighborhood in Staten Island called Bulls Head. It was named after an 18th century pub located near the main intersection of the neighborhood (Richmond Ave and Victory Blvd) called the Bull’s Head, popular with British loyalists leading up to and during the American Revolutionary War.
Hi from Mariners Harbor, Staten Island. Used to be a fishing village as its name may suggest and still home of some large maritime companies though more suburbanized now. It was called Erastina in the 19th Century after B&O Railroad magnate Erastus Wiman.
That organ on Hell's kitchen this is how it went it was the hottest Summers of the year a riot broke out two officers were there a senior police officer and a junior the junior said this must be hell but the senior said no hell has a nicer climate for this is It's kitchen 😈😈😈😈
There's the Alphabets, or Alphabet City, in the East Village, named because it has A, B, C, and D Streets in it.
Also, there's an area of Los Angeles referred to as NoHo, which is short for North Hollywood, and which was probably named in reference to SoHo. The central part of it is called the NoHo Arts District, and is home to a lot of theaters, galleries, and restaurants, and is also the location of the northern-most Metro Red Line Subway Station and eastern-most Orange Line Bus Station.
And, speaking of which, a video on the origin of the many various neighborhoods in Los Angeles would be very interesting.
I live in NYC. My neighborhood is Bath Beach in Brooklyn. By the way Houston is pronounced House-Ton. I don't know why it just is. I use to live in Bay Ridge and I know how it got its name. It was originally named Yellow Hook because of the yellow soil and its on a hook of the New York harbor. But after a yellow fever epidemic there was a council meeting to change the name and the name Bay Ridge was settled upon. Bay because it's along the New York Harbor and Ridge because there is a steep ridge along the waterfront.
A gentrifier here watching this from his Harlem apartment right now. Specifically, the sub-neighborhood of Hamilton Heights, located between 135 and 155 st and between riverside drive and edgecombe ave. It was named because it's where Alexander Hamilton lived the last two years of his life. Rent is really really cheap here and the vast majority of people here speak spanish and barely speak english with each other at all. I think it's really neat.
I'm from Houston Texas but lived in Brooklyn for a time and was SHOOK when my pronunciation of Houston Street was corrected. I guess I was disappointed because it felt like a piece of home in a big, often overwhelming new city. Oh well, really amazing place to experience!
Hudson Yards is, get this, named after the Hudson Yards railyards. Also, fun fact: there is one Manhattan neighborhood on continental USA. Marble hill was cut off from Manhattan when they redid the Harlem River for ease of shipping. The neighborhood is geographically part of the Bronx but politically paet of Manhattan county. It is very creatively named after the large marble deposits beneath it
Everyone knows about the neighborhood of Red Hook in Brooklyn. There also once was a Yellow Hook, which is now called Bay Ridge. Yellow Hook was renamed Bay Ridge following major outbreaks of yellow fever in the 19th century. Bay Ridge is named for it's ridge, running north to south, offering sweeping views of New York Harbor.
Watching from Brooklyn’s neighborhood of Bath Beach named after the city of Bath in the West Country of England where there was an actual beach that was later removed for the construction of the Belt Parkway, a sort of motorway as you English called it.
Two things the fourth street in the TriBeCa triangle is Vesey Street (pronounce Veh-Sey) and I can tell you were not on a sightseeing tour bus in NYC because you said Houston as the city in Texas and not as HOUSE-TON like its pronounce in the city.
Living in East Harlem. Our local post office is Hellgate, which actually came from the original Dutch name for the East River: Hellegat. According to Wikipedia, that means "clear opening" or "bright strait"?
My wife's favorite neighborhood name by far is Spuyten Duyvil in the Bronx.
I'm in the Greenwood Heights area of Brooklyn. Most people don't really call it that, but it was changed to that about a decade ago, named after the Greenwood Park Cemetery in the area, the biggest in the city. Parts of it used to fall under Park Slope (the north of the neighborhood is still sometimes called South Slope because of that), named because of the upward slopes of the avenues heading towards Prospect Park, the biggest in Brooklyn. It also encompasses parts of what used to be Sunset Park, named after the park that goes by the same name, which is one of the tallest hills in the whole city, thus offering an excellent view all around and being particularly popular for seeing the skyline at sunset.
Sunset Park used to be known as the "red light district" of Brooklyn, echos of which could still be seen on 3rd Ave with a number of strip clubs and sex shops, although they used to be even more common throughout the neighborhood. That's actually why my particular area was re-zoned and re-named, because, as it began to gentrify, property owners didn't want it to be associated with the seedy reputation of Sunset Park anymore. The neighborhood is from Prospect Ave to the north, 39th St to the south, encompassing the entire cemetery to the east, with the waterfront on the west finishing things off.
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