Ever wondered why Wall Street is called that? Because it follows the line of the palisade wall that the Dutch erected across the northern perimeter of New Amsterdam in 1653 to protect against attack from the British. It is exactly this kind of place name information about Manhattan's streets, avenues, plazas, parks, and corners that this thorough compilation provides. Whether discussing the names derived from the original Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam or the places named after modern notables, Feirstein, a docent at the New York Historical Society, maintains a friendly tone that does not diminish this tome's educational value. Peppered with various historical illustrations, this is a fun read for any New Yorker or for those planning to visit the city, but it may be a bit over the head of those familiar with only the most notable landmarks of the city. Recommended for public libraries with a strong clientele interested in the history of the Big Apple.--Sandy Knowles, Henderson Cty. P.L., NC Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
New York Historical Society docent Feirstein has written a historically rich guide to New York City that will entertain both New Yorkers and tourists as they walk through the Big Apple. The histories of the city's major neighborhoods, as well as the history of their names divide the book into sections, the remainder of which contains the names of streets, parks, plazas, corners, alleys, and avenues in that neighborhood and the history of each name. The guide is illustrated with b&w photos of New York's illustrious folk. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
"Naming New York is more than a compendium of names, it is a mini-encyclopedia unto itself, a paradise regained for anyone interested in why places are named what they are. This is great stuff."
-John Tauranac,author of Manhattan Block by Block
"Sanna Feirstein has compiled a fascinating study of the derivation of New York City's street names, ranging from the most obvious to the most obscure. She has turned up information that will surprise even those who know the city well. Everyone who relishes walking through New York City will enjoy this invaluable resource."
-Andrew S. Dolkart,author of Morningside Heights
"Sanna Feirstein has given us an entertaining, lively and well-researched account of how the names of Manhattan's streets, squares, and neighborhoods came to be. This book can be read for pleasure and profit by history buffs and tourists alike. Hats off!"
-Kenneth T. Jackson,Columbia University and Editor-in-Chief of The Encyclopedia of New York City
"Even natives to the Big Apple are unlikely to know many of the facts that Feirstein has uncovered in this little gem."
- Publisher's Weekly