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How Did The Neighbourhoods Of New York Get Their Names?

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Name Explain (4 months ago)
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cityraildude (4 months ago)
In New York, "Houston" is pronounced "House-tonne" not "Hews-Tonne"
zebooker (4 months ago)
PRONUNCIATION CORRECTION: "Houston Street" The name of Houston, TX, is pronounced HEW-stun, but the name of NYC's Houston Street is pronounced HOW-stun, FYI.
Yellow Jackets (4 months ago)
If the capitol of Arkansas is Little Rock where’s Big rock arkansas
+Derrick Zeller homosexual infestations
FireMedicChick164 (2 days ago)
I’m currently in Brooklyn Heights! FYI, Hell’s Kitchen is now named Chelsea according to the Mayor’s office. Everyone still refers to it as Hell’s Kitchen.
Halima-Joy Elliston (5 days ago)
Watching from East Flatbush!!!
Tu Maldita Madre (6 days ago)
1:56 it's pronounced HOW • STUN
WEEZY SWXNGS (7 days ago)
it wasnt just gentrification that fixed the slums because then that would apply to every ghetto in nyc, but wait they still exist. It was cleaning it up and because once you make it not crime ridden it was so desireable being in manhattan that it was easily fixable
Proud Boys (7 days ago)
You're pronouncing "Houston" incorrectly. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houston_Street
skylark519 (15 days ago)
I like the video
Golden gate bridge anyone?
Canada Ball (22 days ago)
Mo: name a neighborhood in new york city Me: Noho, Mo
Its tokyo
myowncomputerstuff (1 month ago)
R.I.P. Me 1998 - 1:59
Leah (1 month ago)
Watching from East Flatbush/ Prospect Lefferts Gardens in Brooklyn
Keith S (1 month ago)
I know nothing of New York. I just came for Brooklyn, I am disappointed
Lee Kwok (1 month ago)
I use to live in the Bronx. Bronx neighborhood names are hard to know. i only know of "Fordham Road", "The South Bronx" & "Gunhill Road" and i used to live in the Bronx", the rest i know are names of schools or street names. then my last job took all over the 5 boroughs. then i now live in Queens in Elmhurst currently and formerly in Fresh Meadows. All my doctors are in Flushing. I only went to four places in Harlem. Columbia University, Harlem Hospital, Morningside Heights Park & Central Park. Besides, there‘s [Black]Harlem(110th-125th Sts), then there‘s Spanish Harlem(96th -110th Sts?). I used to go to Chinatown every weekend when i used to live in the Bronx.
Edits On Imovie (1 month ago)
New York CITY not all of us live in the city, the city is full of ants
Dexter Dugar Jr. (1 month ago)
Watching from Wakefield in The Bronx. I'm actually from Coney Island which is named after the Dutch word for rabbit. Rabbit Island.
TaeTae N Kookie (1 month ago)
Elmhurst
Prussia Bird (1 month ago)
You look like Leon Trotsky
Eros Kaw (1 month ago)
Alphabet city . it's Avenue A, B, C
amanda cabrera (1 month ago)
Hells kitchen was named after the place dare devil grew up.... or was it gordon ramseys restraunt in california? .... yes thats it. Someone went back in time and named it after gordan ramseys restraunt and TV show.
How did Jamaica, Queens get it's name? Did a lot of Jamaican immigrants settle there; thus, the area being associated with them as a result, or is it another reason entirely?
Kevin Gonzalez (1 month ago)
I live in Corona Queens. Originally known as West Flushing, Thomas Waite Howard, a real estate developer and later postmaster petitioned to have the post office name changed to Corona in 1870, suggesting that it was the crown of Queens County (Corona is the Italian and Spanish for crown).
Tristan Möller (1 month ago)
Noho in New York NoHomo in New York Jk that place doesn’t exist
Big (1 month ago)
Where my New Yorkers? Anyone from Fordham,Bronx ?
Jules Vega (2 months ago)
My friend insisted on claiming that Hell’s Kitchen got that name because of Gordon Ramsay, I killed myself after he said that
wowt (2 months ago)
If you need some audio of how to pronounce Dutch words, i'd be happy to help. 'Vlissingen' was a nice try, but not how the Dutch pronounce it. But, as again some great quality content. :)
Ghosts Probably (2 months ago)
watching from long island, I bet you'll never guess where that name comes from
ZALESUNO (2 months ago)
There are two neighbourhoods named Little Italy in NYC: one in Manhattan and one in The Bronx. There is also a compound/acronym associated with the former. Nolita which is NOrth of Little ITAly.
Odin029 (2 months ago)
I wished he'd gone over Flatbush. I've always wondered about that name... or Rockwaway
AcryllicLLC (3 months ago)
Watching this from Woodrow st
Juan Benito (3 months ago)
Pronounced House-Ton lol
Robert Barlotta (3 months ago)
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..
5nokli (3 months ago)
Good video! I'm originally from Brooklyn Heights!
Hoss Gardner (3 months ago)
In New Your City, Houston its not Hewston its House-ston. There is a city in Texas named Houston -Hewston.
Simon Sozzi (3 months ago)
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.'.?.
cominatrix (3 months ago)
i garentee you have this comment already, but the Houston in NYC is pronounced How-Ston. its a fun little story how it came about.
Howston or Houston?
Andrew Stirling (3 months ago)
Are you sure it’s not based on a Simpsons joke?
Scott Jacoby (3 months ago)
Watching from El Barrio, aka, Spanish Harlem, aka, East Harlem. I do have one small comment. While Houston is typically pronounced “hew-ston”. The street in NYC is pronounced “how-ston”.
Andrej Marco (3 months ago)
New York City is the Emilia Fart of cities
Ferret Man (3 months ago)
In watching form rockland NY
Nakai Walker (3 months ago)
I’m from crown heights!
Teejay Jones (3 months ago)
From Burnside in the boogie down Bronx!! ^__^
Jory Adamson (3 months ago)
When it comes to naming a famous bridge in The U.S. a lot would likely to name The Golden Gate
Harry Burrows (3 months ago)
I hate American place names. They're are just literally random, it angers me intensely.
SonoftheWay35 (3 months ago)
I never new Hell's Kitchen was real, I thought it was a fictional neighborhood in Marvel Comics
Snoop Doge (3 months ago)
i thought SOHO meant South Hoboken
Michael Vittiglio (3 months ago)
FYI, NY'rs pronounce Houston Street "house ton".
luis cortazar (3 months ago)
All the restaurants in the area is a part of the reason that we call it Hell's Kitchen.
Michael DeRosa (3 months ago)
City Island, Bronx.
Vovo Detna (3 months ago)
SoHo does mean south of Houston Street BUT Houston is pronounced as HOUSETEN not like the city in Texas (HEWSTEN). Someone didn't complete their research.
Something or Other (3 months ago)
He evil, he Satan, but most importantly, he be baking.
Adolf Stalin (3 months ago)
now I know what I hate the Dutch. everyone likes to pick on us for some stupid reason.
ROB P (3 months ago)
How-ston street bro I’m from Washington Heights Do a video!
James Browne (3 months ago)
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.
Vlissingen is pronounced vlisssingen not vlisjingen
0:22 uhm golden gate and tower bridge are knocking
Gran Torino (3 months ago)
Most people (well, Americans, at least) are more familiar with London Bridge than Tower Bridge, possibly owing to the nursery rhyme.
Musical Taco (3 months ago)
upper east side
Jorge Irias (4 months ago)
Watching from Bedford Park in THE Bronx!
Claire O'Connell (4 months ago)
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
Gaysian_american (4 months ago)
In Chinese languages Chinatown in Manhattan is called Táng Rén Jiē meaning Street of the Tang people after China's second golden age of the Tang Dynasty.
Jacob Schweiger (4 months ago)
new york city was named after the city of york cause its like a new version of that.
arch3223 (4 months ago)
I feel like this could have been a series. How about a video on the places in New York that have Dutch names?
JP (4 months ago)
How did bed stuy Brooklyn get its name
Nat Paulsen (4 months ago)
There's also a Soho, Hong Kong, which means "South of Hollywood Road". Which, of course, sounds kind of like it ought to be in L.A.
ghost_curse (4 months ago)
Famous building: CN Tower Famous park: Yellowstone Famous building: Golden Gate
Jonathan Novak (4 months ago)
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.
Gene Segal (4 months ago)
Kensington Brooklyn is we’re I live
Zakimals (4 months ago)
I have never heard of the brookyln bridge. I would say the golden gate bridge of London bridge
avgaskoolaid (4 months ago)
Noho Street also has the lowest number of prostitutes in the city.
Bellcity (4 months ago)
IT'S HOUSTON (HOW-STON) STREET
Albert Leppo (4 months ago)
>New York is prehaps >prehaps
Jaysy Hernandez (4 months ago)
@NameExplain, As a New Yorker, I have to say you ROYALLY screwed up when you pronounced Houston Street, “Hew-ston.” It’s pronounced, “How-ston.” I love your channel!!!
EFinately (4 months ago)
It’s pronounced HOW-sten
Gran Torino (3 months ago)
+EFinately more than referring to 6th Ave. as "Avenue of the Americas"? (Yes, I know that said name is equally official, but no New Yorkers actually CALL it that.)
EFinately (4 months ago)
It’s the most annoying thing “New Yorkers” correct me on
Sam JL (4 months ago)
For some reason I used to think Hell’s Kitchen was named after the show with the same name
Sensei Monkey (4 months ago)
from Soho down to Memphis he must've played them all
Sensei Monkey (4 months ago)
that deaf, dumb, blind man sure played a mean pinball
xfer2nowhere (4 months ago)
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.
Jessica Stiner (4 months ago)
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 😈😈😈😈
QU0B3N 9999 (4 months ago)
0:59 *that’s a MONKEY*
Jon Bastian (4 months ago)
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.
Alex Shuysky (4 months ago)
"Famous Bridge" Golden Gate Bridge is what comes out of my mind. What's Brooklyn Bridge lol
Joseph R Petrolawicz (4 months ago)
House-ton. Houston is pronounced house-ton.
raininagraveyard (4 months ago)
i was hoping to see neighbourhoods that i’ve been to and the one i’m living in and you actually mentioned them !! (i live in flushing haha :))
Yvonne (4 months ago)
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.
Jim Barbagallo (4 months ago)
I'm watching from Stuyvesant Town Peter Stuyvesant's farm was here
Jim Barbagallo (4 months ago)
HOW-ston St
Larry Smoresington (4 months ago)
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.
Quentin Gilanian (4 months ago)
5:07 I'm watching from Harlem. (gets shot a second later)
Buffalo Me (4 months ago)
Kensington, Brooklyn, NYC next to Prospect Park
Hombre de Brindis (4 months ago)
I’m obsessed with the way you say, “Hell’s Kitchen”
swapsplat (4 months ago)
I can't stand people who pronounce a hard G in words that end with '-ing'. FuckinG irritating.
WAVEDUP (4 months ago)
Watching from Flatbush, Brooklyn, NYC
odd sock (4 months ago)
I only know these places from Spider-man and daredevil
Kasey (4 months ago)
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!
Vaxine Gaming (4 months ago)
I live in NY, where I come form Houston is pronounced (How-Ston)
Not Me (4 months ago)
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
Melvin Priest (4 months ago)
East New York
Shaun Y (4 months ago)
"New york is PREHAPS..." k
MoBeatz94 (4 months ago)
Name explain Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY
WorldPaperMoney (4 months ago)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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