Mean Streets: The Stories Behind NYC Street Names

Photo: Joe Buglewicz

Wall Street, Broadway, The Bowery, Houston: the streets of New York City are famous around the globe. Did you ever wonder where their names came from? At NYCGo, Adam Kuban writes about some iconic NYC street names and their origins.

Hot tips: Houston Street is pronounced “how-ston”, not “hugh-ston”. And there really was a canal where Canal Street is today! Finally, no New Yorkers call it Avenue of the Americas; it’s Sixth Ave. Now you know.