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How Did The Neighbourhoods Of New York Get Their Names?

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Name Explain (2 months ago)
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cityraildude (2 months ago)
In New York, "Houston" is pronounced "House-tonne" not "Hews-Tonne"
zebooker (2 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 (2 months ago)
If the capitol of Arkansas is Little Rock where’s Big rock arkansas
+Derrick Zeller homosexual infestations
Jules Vega (17 days 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 (18 days 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 (22 days ago)
watching from long island, I bet you'll never guess where that name comes from
ZALESUNO (28 days 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 (28 days ago)
I wished he'd gone over Flatbush. I've always wondered about that name... or Rockwaway
AcryllicLLC (1 month ago)
Watching this from Woodrow st
Juan Benito (1 month ago)
Pronounced House-Ton lol
Robert Barlotta (1 month 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..
DrGaellon (1 month ago)
Houston Street in New York is not pronounced like the city of Houston, Texas. It's HOW-ston.
5nokli (1 month ago)
Good video! I'm originally from Brooklyn Heights!
Hoss Gardner (1 month ago)
In New Your City, Houston its not Hewston its House-ston. There is a city in Texas named Houston -Hewston.
Simon Sozzi (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Are you sure it’s not based on a Simpsons joke?
Scott Jacoby (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
New York City is the Emilia Fart of cities
Ferret Man (1 month ago)
In watching form rockland NY
Nakai Walker (1 month ago)
I’m from crown heights!
Teejay Jones (1 month ago)
From Burnside in the boogie down Bronx!! ^__^
Jory Adamson (1 month ago)
When it comes to naming a famous bridge in The U.S. a lot would likely to name The Golden Gate
Harry Burrows (1 month ago)
I hate American place names. They're are just literally random, it angers me intensely.
SonoftheWay35 (1 month ago)
I never new Hell's Kitchen was real, I thought it was a fictional neighborhood in Marvel Comics
Snoop Doge (1 month ago)
i thought SOHO meant South Hoboken
Michael Vittiglio (1 month ago)
FYI, NY'rs pronounce Houston Street "house ton".
luis cortazar (1 month ago)
All the restaurants in the area is a part of the reason that we call it Hell's Kitchen.
Michael DeRosa (1 month ago)
City Island, Bronx.
Vovo Detna (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
He evil, he Satan, but most importantly, he be baking.
Adolf Stalin (1 month ago)
now I know what I hate the Dutch. everyone likes to pick on us for some stupid reason.
ROB P (1 month ago)
How-ston street bro I’m from Washington Heights Do a video!
James Browne (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Most people (well, Americans, at least) are more familiar with London Bridge than Tower Bridge, possibly owing to the nursery rhyme.
Musical Taco (1 month ago)
upper east side
Jorge Irias (2 months ago)
Watching from Bedford Park in THE Bronx!
Claire O'Connell (2 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 (2 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 (2 months ago)
new york city was named after the city of york cause its like a new version of that.
arch3223 (2 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 (2 months ago)
How did bed stuy Brooklyn get its name
Nat Paulsen (2 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 (2 months ago)
Famous building: CN Tower Famous park: Yellowstone Famous building: Golden Gate
Jonathan Novak (2 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 (2 months ago)
Kensington Brooklyn is we’re I live
Zakimals (2 months ago)
I have never heard of the brookyln bridge. I would say the golden gate bridge of London bridge
avgaskoolaid (2 months ago)
Noho Street also has the lowest number of prostitutes in the city.
Bellcity (2 months ago)
IT'S HOUSTON (HOW-STON) STREET
Albert Leppo (2 months ago)
>New York is prehaps >prehaps
Jaysy Hernandez (2 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 (2 months ago)
It’s pronounced HOW-sten
Gran Torino (1 month 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 (2 months ago)
It’s the most annoying thing “New Yorkers” correct me on
Sam JL (2 months ago)
For some reason I used to think Hell’s Kitchen was named after the show with the same name
Sensei Monkey (2 months ago)
from Soho down to Memphis he must've played them all
Sensei Monkey (2 months ago)
that deaf, dumb, blind man sure played a mean pinball
xfer2nowhere (2 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 (2 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 (2 months ago)
0:59 *that’s a MONKEY*
Jon Bastian (2 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 (2 months ago)
"Famous Bridge" Golden Gate Bridge is what comes out of my mind. What's Brooklyn Bridge lol
Joseph R Petrolawicz (2 months ago)
House-ton. Houston is pronounced house-ton.
raininagraveyard (2 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 (2 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 (2 months ago)
I'm watching from Stuyvesant Town Peter Stuyvesant's farm was here
Jim Barbagallo (2 months ago)
HOW-ston St
Larry Smoresington (2 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 (2 months ago)
5:07 I'm watching from Harlem. (gets shot a second later)
Buffalo Me (2 months ago)
Kensington, Brooklyn, NYC next to Prospect Park
Hombre de Brindis (2 months ago)
I’m obsessed with the way you say, “Hell’s Kitchen”
swapsplat (2 months ago)
I can't stand people who pronounce a hard G in words that end with '-ing'. FuckinG irritating.
WAVEDUP (2 months ago)
Watching from Flatbush, Brooklyn, NYC
odd sock (2 months ago)
I only know these places from Spider-man and daredevil
Kasey (2 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 (2 months ago)
I live in NY, where I come form Houston is pronounced (How-Ston)
Not Me (2 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 (2 months ago)
East New York
S S (2 months ago)
"New york is PREHAPS..." k
MoBeatz94 (2 months ago)
Name explain Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY
WorldPaperMoney (2 months ago)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
tim van rijn (2 months ago)
I live in old flushing (Vlissingen) And here we think the name comes from the founder fishing up a bottle. (Fles)bottle + (vissen) fishing Vlissingen
tim van rijn (2 months ago)
Its even on our coat of arms
Da Black Bean (2 months ago)
South of the Hudson sir. As a person who grew up there I’m 100% sure that source was incorrect
RainUponMe (2 months ago)
Houston pronounced howston
MrMorrigan (2 months ago)
Same a famous bridge and someone would say brooklyn? Not Golden Gate or Tower Bridge?
Robert Randazzo (2 months ago)
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.
interfear1 (2 months ago)
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.
interfear1 (2 months ago)
Yvonne I’ll see you around Cropsey Avenue then.
Yvonne (2 months ago)
I live in Bath Beach too.
Jervey Broderick (2 months ago)
How's ton. is how you pronounce Houston in NYC. Hugh's ton is in Texas.
IntermediateJesus (2 months ago)
Bronx was named after some Swedish guy. That's all I know.
Cruizin-Through (2 months ago)
Watching from the EHS college dorms in the New Yorker Hotel, Midtown Manhattan. Right across from MSG.
Eric Kutepow (2 months ago)
It’s pronounced House-ton
Sean Kearney (2 months ago)
It's pronounced House-ton not Hewe-ston
Courtenay Gilford (2 months ago)
I’m from East New York in Brooklyn
MS Annuity Operations (2 months ago)
Howwwwwston
Alexander Shekhtman (2 months ago)
Hi, Patrick! This shoutout comes to you from Sheepshead Bay.
Niko S (2 months ago)
Well what about Long Island then?
michael hellmer (2 months ago)
Pardon me, but the pronunciation of Houston Street is "How- Stun", not "Hew-Stun"
disappointed dude (2 months ago)
It's raw
Bx Ny Shit (2 months ago)
I thought this video was going to highlight all of the boroughs but I guess not. I wish people would understand that NYC is not just Manhattan.
Mohammed Chowdhury (2 months ago)
Yes finally
Ryan Houk (2 months ago)
Crockett was a Texan, not American
Douglas Meredith (2 months ago)
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.
James Michel (2 months ago)
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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