Posts Tagged ‘Hicks Street’

Street names carved into neigborhood corners

August 9, 2012

This street address in Hell’s Kitchen, on a traditional turn-of-the-century tenement building, looks like it was meant to last.

Over in Brooklyn Heights though, this one is faded and weathered; you can barely make out the T at the end of the “ST” on both sides.

It too is on a red brick building, but this one was probably a private home for a well-to-do family.

Many old city neighborhoods still have these street name carvings, like the East Village, the Lower East Side, and this beauty in Tribeca.

The sweet story behind Brooklyn’s Love Lane

March 1, 2010

Today’s Love Lane is a cute one-block mews stretching from Henry Street to Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights. 

But back in pre-Colonial times, it was an Indian trail leading to the nearby East River. And when the Dutch arrived in Brooklyn, it became a popular path for romantic walks.

An 1894 New York Times article states:

“The oldest residents can remember a time when there was a cool and shady path leading down “Lover’s Lane,” where plump, rosy-cheeked Dutch maidens, with their sweethearts, meandered on summer evenings out through the turnstile and down the grassy bank to the water’s edge.” 

I wonder if the name may have been reinforced by the presence of the Brooklyn Collegiate Institute for Young Ladies, an early 19th century finishing school located on what is now called College Place, a tiny lane that intersects Love Lane.

Perhaps eligible Brooklyn bachelors took romantic walks with some of the students here, making the Love Lane name really stick.