"W" Streets of New York
Wharves, Piers and Slips.
Waal or Wall, The (1). (M-L17) The defensive palisade erected in 1653 and/or the street behind it, now Wall Street.
Waal, Wal, Wael or Wall, The (2). (M-L17) Pearl Street between Broad and Wall Streets, which was then the waterfront. Here the term Waal or its variants refers to the sheet piling that had been placed along the water's edge in 1647 to prevent erosion.
Wagon Road, The. (M17?) An early name for Battery Place.
Walker Street. (curr.) This street at one time extended from just west of West Broadway to Division Street. Walker Street east of Centre Street became part of Canal Street in 1855. The angled south side of Beach Street just west of West Broadway was also originally part of Walker Street. See also Nicholas Street and Pump Street.
Wall Street Market. See Meal Market.
Wall, The. See Waal, etc.
Walnut Street. (E-M19) So named by 1803, it became Jackson Street about 1850.
Walton's Wharf. (L18-E19) Between Peck Slip and Dover Street.
Ward's Wharf or Pier (1). (E19) East side of Peck Slip.
Ward's Wharf or Pier (2). (L18) South of Peck Slip.
Warren Place. (M-L19) A former name of Charles Street between Greenwich Avenue and Waverly Place.
Warren Road. (L18-E19) Ran from Southampton Road north to Arlington Road or from West 16th to 21st Streets, nearly parallel to, and about 250 feet east of, Seventh Avenue.
Warren Street. (L18) Prior to 1792, the name of Clinton Street south of Division Street.
Washington Alley. (M19) An old name for the present Washington Mews and Macdougal Alley.
Washington Market. (E19-M20) The Washington Market, opened in 1813 on the site of the Corporation Dock, was bounded by Fulton, Vesey, Washington and West Streets. It was rebuilt several times and lasted into the mid-20th Century. See also West Washington Market (1).
Washington Street (1). (part) A section between Edgar and Morris (1) Streets was closed in the 1940s for the approach to the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel. Washington Street between Liberty and Vesey Streets was closed circa 1967 for the World Trade Center.
Washington Street (2). (L18-19) Renamed Jefferson Street about 1803. It is shown as East Washington Street on the 1804 Wilson plan.
Water Side, the, or At the Water. (M-L17) These terms refers to the upland side of the early roads that ran along the original shoreline from the Fort to about Pine Street, including the following: State Street between the west end of Pearl Street and Whitehall Street; the west side of Whitehall Street between State and Pearl Streets; the north side of Pearl Street between Whitehall Street and Hanover Square; Hanover Square between Stone and Pearl Streets; and the west side of Pearl Street from Hanover Street to Pine Street.
Water Street. (E18) Used for Whitehall Street on a 1731 survey. The name was not used for the present Water Street until 1736.
Watkins Wharf. (E19) Foot of Spring Street.
Watson's Wharf. (E19) East side of Peck Slip.
Weasyes Street, Weaver Street. Misrenderings of Vesey Street. The former is shown on the 1776 Holland Plan.
Weckquasgeck Road. (E-M17) An Indian trail that ran the length of Manhattan Island The Dutch, and later the British, progressively widened and improved the trail as needed to reach their outlying farms and settlements. The name, variously spelled, refers to the Weckquasgeck Indians, who inhabited the upper part of the island and the adjacent mainland. Parts of the trail became lower Broadway, Park Row, the Bowery, the Eastern Post Road and the Kingsbridge Road. See also Wicker Place.
Weehawken Market. (M19) Also known as Greenwich Market (2). It occupied the block from West to Weehawken Streets between Christopher and West 10th Streets from 1834 to 1845.
Weigh House Bridge. A dock. See Custom House Bridge.
Weigh House Street. (E-M18) Now Moore Street. See also Custom House Bridge.
Wendel Street. (n.d.) An early name of Oak Street, now demapped.
Wesley Place. (M-L19) Mulberry Street from East Houston to Bleecker Streets.
West 10th Street. (part) The 10th Street of the Commissionersí Plan did not bend at Sixth Avenue. It ran in a straight line to meet Greenwich Avenue nearly opposite the present Perry Street. In 1833 it was decided to close both 9th and 10th Streets between Greenwich and Sixth Avenues, and to extend Amos Street to Sixth Avenue. In 1857 Amos Street was merged into 10th Street. About two years later the street was divided so that East 10th Street ran east from Sixth Avenue and West 10th Street was the former Amos Street. About 1867 the division between east and west was shifted to Fifth Avenue.
West 110th Street. (part) From Seventh Avenue to Riverside Drive was renamed Cathedral Parkway in 1891. West 110th Street from Fifth Avenue to Central Park West was renamed Central Park North in 1965. Most people still call it 110th Street.
West 125th Street. (part) In 1920, what had been Manhattan Street west of Morningside Avenue became West 125th Street, and what had been West 125th Street west of Manhattan Street became La Salle Street. La Salle Street east of Amsterdam Avenue, was demapped about 1954 for the General Grant Houses. In 1984 East and West 125th Streets were renamed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, but it is still generally called 125th Street.
West 126th Street. (part) In the early 1920s, what had been Lawrence Street(1) west of Convent Avenue became the present West 126th Street and what had been West 126th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway was renamed Moylan Place. Moylan Place was demapped about 1954 for the General Grant Houses.
West 127th Street. (part) What had been West 127th Street west of Manhattan Street (the present West 125th Street) was renamed Tiemann Place in 1920. The short block of Tiemann Place between Broadway and the present West 125th Street was demapped about 1954 for the General Grant Houses.
West 129th Street. (part) What had been West 129th Street west of Broadway was renamed St Clair Place in 1920. The tiny block of St. Clair Place between Broadway and the present West 125th Street was changed back to West 129th Street in 1937.
West 177th Street. (part) About 1940 the curving part of West 177th Street between Haven Avenue and Riverside Drive was closed to build the ramps connecting the Henry Hudson Parkway to the George Washington Bridge.
West 181st Street. (curr.) The part from Haven Avenue to Riverside Drive was changed to Plaza Lafayette in 1916.
West 18th Street Place. (M19-E20) A rear court with four houses at 224 West 18th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. See also White's Place.
West 213th Street. (part) Formerly continued west of Broadway to a point on the line of the present Indian Road. That part of the street was closed and incorporated into Isham Park about 1920.
West 227th Street. ..See Ashley Street.
West 59th Street. (part) From Fifth to Eighth Avenues was renamed Central Park South in 1896.
West Avenue. See West Road.
West Broadway. (part) From West Houston Street to Washington Square was changed to LaGuardia Place in 1967.
West Broadway Place. : (M-L19?) The part of South Fifth Avenue (now West Broadway) between Canal and Grand Streets.
West Court. (M19) Rear of 66 West 22nd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. See also East Court.
West Dock. See New Dock.
West Gotham Place. (M-L19) An alley at 34 Cherry Street, on the north side between Dover and Roosevelt Streets. Its site is now covered by the Alfred E. Smith Houses. See also Gotham Court.
West Road. (L18-E19) A road laid out on Goerck's 1796 map of the Common Lands and also known as Albany Avenue. It ran parallel to the axis of the island from about the present 64th to 90th Streets. In 1805 the Common Council ordered that it be continued south to Bridgens Cross Road, at what is now 43rd Street and Sixth Avenue. From there it was to angle southeast, parallel to the Bloomingdale Road, to meet the Eastern Post Road at what is now 26th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues. The part south of 43rd Street was never built. The northerly part, parallel to the axis of the island, determined the line of Sixth Avenue on the1811 Commissioners' Plan.
West Washington Market (1). (M-L19) The original West Washington Market, established in 1858, was on the west side of West Street between Dey and Vesey Streets. The market had its own street system. There were three north-south streets: Produce Avenue, Prospect Avenue and, nearest to the water, Devoe Avenue. There were six east-west streets. Vesey Row was opposite the north line of Vesey Street. The others, proceeding southward, were Broad Row, Centre Row, Merchant's Row, Fulton Row (opposite Fulton Street) and Country Row (just north of Dey Street). In 1887 the market was relocated to a new site near Gansevoort Street. See below.
West Washington Market (2). (L19-M20) In 1887 the West Washington Market was relocated to a site between Gansevoort and Bloomfield Streets, from West Street west to Thirteenth Avenue. To provide circulation within the market, there were four east-west streets. From south to north these were: Grace, Thompson, Hewitt and Low Avenues. Midway between West Street and Thirteenth Avenue was a new north-south street named Lawton Avenue. See also Gansevoort Market.
Westerveldt Place. (L19) East 122nd Street between Pleasant and First Avenues.
Wharf Street. (E18) Mentioned in Stokes Chronology for 1709. Probably a part of what is now Water Street.
White Street (1). (n.d.) A former or alternate name for Ann Street.
White Street (2). (E19) In the Stuyvesant Farm Grid, the seventh street north of and parallel to Stuyvesant Street.
White('s) Place . (M-L19) Seven houses along an alley running south from 214 West 18th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. Although not labeled, the alley was still shown on early 20th Century maps.
Whitehall Slip. (E18-M19) At the foot of Whitehall Street. Called Whitehall Slip by 1732. The slip was filled to the line of South Street by 1850 but the name is still often used for the ferry slips beyond the present bulkhead line.
Whitehall Slip Market. (M18) Whitehall Street at Pearl Street, 1746-1750.
White's Wharf. (E19) West side of Washington Street between Battery Place and Morris Street (1).
Whitney Street.. (L19) A dead-end street running north from Bridge Street into the block bounded by State and Whitehall Streets
and Bowling Green. Eliminated about 1900 for construction of 1 Bowling Green, the former U.S. Custom House.
Wicker Place. (L19-E20) The former name of West 227th Street between Adrian and Marble Hill Avenues. According to Bolton, this name is a corruption of the Indian name Wickquaeskeck. See also Weckquasgeck Road.
Wijnbruch or Wine Bridge. A dock. See Custom House Bridge
Willet's Wharf or Dock. (L18-E19) On the East River between Broome and Delancey Streets.
Willett Street. (part) Originally ran from Grand Street to the present East Houston Street. The part north of Delancey Street was demapped in the mid-20th Century for housing projects and parkland. The part from Grand Street to Delancey Street South was renamed Bialystoker Place 1n 1979. In 1987 it was redesignated Bialystoker Place/Willett Street.
William Street (1). (L18-E19) A former name of Broome Street between the Bowery and Sullivan Street.
William Street (2). (E19) Now the part of West 4th Street between Christopher and Gansevoort Streets. It was renamed Asylum Street in 1813. See also Chester Street.
William Street (3). (L18) Now Madison Street between Catherine and Montgomery Streets. It was changed to Bedlow Street in 1792.
William Street (4). (L18) An early name of MacDougal Street.
Willow Street. (n.d.) According to Post, a former name of MacDougal Street. Probably an error for William Street (4).
Willow Terrace. (M-L19) East 73rd Street between Second and Third Avenues.
Winckel Straet. (M-L17) On the de Sille list. It ran from Bridge Street to Stone Street about 60 feet east of the present Whitehall Street. It was closed in 1680.
Windmill Lane. (L17-E18) Ran west from Broadway between the present Liberty and Cortlandt Streets to a point about 100 feet west of Church Street (1), then jogged north to the present line of Cortlandt Street and continued west on that line for about another 100 feet.
Winecop Street. See Wynkoop Street.
Winne or Wynne Street. (M-L18) An early name for Mott Street between Pell and Bleecker Streets.
Winthrop Place. (M-L19) Greene Street between Waverly Place and East 8th Street.
Winthrop Street. (E19) In the Stuyvesant Farm Grid, the fourth street north of and parallel to Stuyvesant Street.
Wooster Street (1). (part) It was extended to 8th Street in 1825 and to 14th Street in 1833. Very shortly thereafter, the section north of Waverly Place was renamed Jackson Avenue In 1836 the name of this section was changed again to the present University Place. Wooster Street between West 4th Street and Waverly Place was renamed Washington Square East in 1858. See also Mangin-Goerck Plan.
Wooster Street (2). (n.d.) According to Post, Wooster Street was also a former name of West Houston Street between Broadway and MacDougal Street.
Wynkoop or Wynekoop Street . (M-L18) A former name of Bridge Street.
Wynne Street. See Winne Street.
Wyoming Place. (L19) Elizabeth Street between East Houston and Bleecker Streets.
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