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Unfortunately the author frequently repeats apocryphal stories that are not supported by actual research, and the book contains several errors.
Review: Naming New York: Manhattan Places and How They Got Their NamesUser Review - Kristen - Goodreads
Not really a "sit down and read it cover-to-cover" kind of book, but interesting as far as where oddly named streets like Dyckman and Cabrini come from. Read full review
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1811 Commissioners 19th century 59th Street 6th Avenue ALLEY American Portraits Dover Amsterdam Avenue AVENUE Named Battery blocks Bowery British Broadway Broadway now extends BROADWAY Originally Bronx ceded the street Center Central Park City Hall city's Clement Clarke Moore corner died Dover Publications Inc Dyckman Dyckman Street East River Fiorello La Guardia governor Greenwich honor HOUSTON STREET Hudson River HUDSON RIVER PARK immigrant Indian trail James de Lancey land leader Lenox located Manhattan Island merchant neighborhood New-York Historical Society Nicholas Bayard numbers Originally an Indian Park Avenue PARK Named Peter Stuyvesant PLACE Named Plan Portraits Dover Publications president ran north Revolution Roosevelt Rutgers South Street southern tip SQUARE Named STREET Named STREET The street street was laid street was named street's name derives TERRACE theater tip of Manhattan trail that ran Trinity Church unusual width Upper West Side William William Houstoun York City York Public Library
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