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The Street Book: An Encyclopedia of Manhattan's Street Names and Their Origins [Paperback]

by Henry Moscow
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January 1, 1990 0823212750 978-0823212750
The Street Book contains brief biographical sketches for more than one hundred of Manhattan's well- and lesser-known streets. With photographs, period drawings, and reproductions of old newspapers, The Street Book is a visual treat as well. The detailed topographical maps of Manhattan provide an easy reference for locating streets, and even make it possible to use The Street Book as a walking guide.

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About the Author

Henry Moscow is a late newspaper and magazine editor and the author of numerous books on subjects as diverse as gardening and psychology.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 119 pages
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press (January 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823212750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823212750
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #857,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A great primer to Manhattan's street names July 1, 2004
When people think of the street names of Manhattan, they probably think of the grid and its numbered roads. WRONG! Manhattan, especially the older neighborhoods from Houston Street south to the Battery, are filled with twisting little streets whose names resonate with Manhattan's history. This is where you'll find out why Houston Street is pronounced "HOW-ston". Where did Maiden Lane get its name from? Who was Barclay? This book will tell all. My only complaint (which prevented from giving this five stars) was with the binding: it cracked almost immediately upon opening and, right now, several pages are precariously clinging to the spine. Maybe it was only the batch that mine came out of which is so weak.
Still this is a very informative book. If only it can tell me why New Yorkers pronounce Avenue of the Americas as "Sixth Avenue".
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5.0 out of 5 stars great little book December 7, 2008
I love this book and bought it again as a present for a friend who, like me, is interested in New York City history. There is no fluff or filler here, just concise morsels of interesting information. This book is informative and fun!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A dry review of a wet city February 27, 2013
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No sizzle in this book. Images need some editing for better viewability. But the information was good. Better to find a copy in the library than buy this one for your own.
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Anyone who loves NYC will love this book. The street names alway's made me think of their origins, Henry Moscow answered all of my questions...great book
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