But what about Manhattan’s Livingston Place—a pretty little London-esque lane (seen here on a midcentury map) which served as a bookend for the east side of Stuyvesant Square since 1836?
The new name: Perlman Place. Nathan D. Perlman was a judge as well as vice-president of Beth Israel who died in 1952.
Plans to honor Perlman by putting his name on this picturesque lane (here in the 1930s) was not universally well received.
“In a city as rich with history as New York street names should not be changed without overwhelmingly good reason, long consideration, and ample public debate,” The New York Times weighed in in 1954. “Such changes are confusing to the public, they make maps obsolete, they break the traditions of the past.”
The City Council approved the name change anyway—and Manhattan lost a slender connection to its colonial beginnings.
[Middle photo: NYPL Digital Collection]
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