Old Chelsea’s winding, romantic Love Lane

ChelsealovelanemapWouldn’t it be sweet to live on a Manhattan street called Love Lane? Too bad we’re at least 200 years too late.

This 18th century country road seems to have started at Broadway (then called Bloomingdale Road) and followed a path along 21st Street through today’s Chelsea.

Based on old maps (like the one at left or below, from the Randel Survey) and descriptions, it appears to have cut across a long-defunct thoroughfare known as Fitz Roy Road.

It then curved through 22nd to 23rd Street, meandering over to Tenth Avenue and hugging the water line.

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Love Lane is memorialized in old city history guides and newspaper articles as a shaded street that “figures romantically in the early history of New York,” according to a 1920 New York Times article.

“Before the war, Love Lane was [a] popular route for buggyride courtships, highlighted with a romantic trip along the Hudson River that ran along what is now Tenth Avenue,” states the Chelsea Reform Democratic Club website.

Luckily Brooklyn didn’t obliterate their Love Lane. This historic alley has a romantic back story.

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2 Responses to “Old Chelsea’s winding, romantic Love Lane”

  1. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    In the 1970s and 80s those same West Side night streets were used by hookers and johns for their own love making, dark and romantic, well, at least 10 dollars a trick. See my 100 Whores

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  2. History of NYC Streets: Love Lane’s Carriage Houses Carry Echoes of a Brooklyn Past | Untapped Cities Says:

    […] have been a number of theories as to how Love Lane got its name. Ephemeral New York says that in pre-colonial days, the lane was an Indian trail that led to the East River. It […]

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