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