This street by the East River needs a better name

New York City’s street grid was laid out in the 1811, part of the Commissioners’ Plan that shaped the cityscape of contemporary Manhattan north of Houston Street.


But changes are always made, and new roads crop up to accommodate new buildings, parks, and drives.

But couldn’t the New York City Department of Transportation come up with something more descriptive than this street name above, for a small road beside the FDR Drive in the East 20s?

Even if this street really is brand new—it’s not on Google maps, so it’s hard to tell—we can be more creative than this!

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5 Responses to “This street by the East River needs a better name”


    No imagination, perhaps? Or someone with a bit of wit. If I were passing along and saw it I certainly would smile and wonder. And take a photo 🙂

  2. Tyler Says:

    “A New Street” is what mapmakers in the topographical bureau use as a placeholder street name for a newly created street until an official name is decided.

    Streets with no addresses sometimes take years to get a name so the sign making department ends up making a sign by what they see. There were a couple of “A New Streets,” one one downtown and one in Harlem.

    This particular one is in a Bellevue Hospital parking lot so guess it will never get removed.

  3. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Thanks Tyler, that explains it.

  4. Audrey Burtrum-Stanley Says:

    There needs to be a consideration for choosing a long forgotten, good-deed-doing person to get their name immortalized on the street. You are the History Babe. Get with the program…bounce it off your readership! Then get a local City Council member to introduce it for approval. Maybe there is someone who is a current NYC figure who deserves to be recognized. (There might be a rule that only ‘deceased people’ get so honored.) The possibilities are great…

  5. Andrew Porter Says:

    Typo for “Agnew Street”?

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