The cherry grove of Delancey Street

The uptown side of the Delancey Street F train platform features lots of cherries—three cherry tree murals as well as several smaller cherry mosaics.

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So what’s with the cherry motif? Before the Lower East Side became a jam-packed tenement district in the late 1800s, it was farmland owned by James DeLancey, acting colonial governor of New York in the 1750s who staunchly supported the British during the Revolutionary War.

The DeLancey farm supposedly had a cherry grove on what is now Orchard Street. After the war the farm was confiscated and divided up among smaller landowners. Somewhere along the way, the cherry grove met the ax as well.

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2 Responses to “The cherry grove of Delancey Street”

  1. Subway mosaic #4 | The Boomerang Blog Says:

    […] Why cherries? Find answers in a post at the wonderful “Ephemeral New York” blog here. […]

  2. A colonial-era plan to build “Delancey’s Square” | Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] it was supposed to be the (apparently misspelled) center of the new street grid developed on the Delancey estate, about 300 acres east of the Bowery on today’s Lower East […]

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