More cross streets carved into tenement corners

Before you could Google-map your location on your smart phone, and even before every corner of the city had accurate signs, these chiseled street names came in pretty handy, letting you know where you were.

Mostly you see them in tenement-heavy neighborhoods like the East Village, East Harlem, and the Lower East Side.

Brownstone and tenement Brooklyn have plenty too, like this faded old carving at Underhill Avenue and Bergen Street in Prospect Heights.

Not all cross street carvings are in neighborhoods once poor or working-class. One of the loveliest of all is at University Place and “Twelfth Street East,” done up Beaux-Arts style.

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5 Responses to “More cross streets carved into tenement corners”

  1. focusoninfinity Says:

    What existing street has had the most name changes, and what were they?

    What street has never had it’s name changed? Or least changes?

    Which street still has it’s oldest pavement (bricks/cobblestones?).

  2. Parnassus Says:

    This “buildings with street signs” series is one of my favorites. Somehow, they really evoke an earlier day, perhaps because they preserve an obsolete function.
    –Road to Parnassus

  3. thomaselliottmccarty Says:

    there’s one on the building at 349 broadway (corner of leonard & b’way).

    this used to be gurney’s old daguerreotype establishment. i don’t think the building itself is the same as it was 160 years ago when he ran his business from there, but someone decided to retain the street directionals on the sides nevertheless.

    if you’d like, i can forward a pic.



  4. Street names carved into neigborhood corners « Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] old city neighborhoods still have these street name carvings, like the East Village, the Lower East Side, and this beauty in Tribeca. Like this:LikeBe the first to like […]

  5. The relics on tenements at a Lenox Hill corner | Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] More tenements with cross streets on them can be found in Manhattan and Brooklyn—especially in older neighborhoods like Williamsburg, downtown Brooklyn, the East Village, and the Lower East Side. […]

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