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Stuyvesant Street

Stuyvesant Street (63)

You are in one of the oldest streets in all of Manhattan. In fact, if you take your map of the city and you look at where the north and the south meet, you will see Stuyvesant Street follows an east-west route, an idea which failed in favour of the current grid. Although it is said to be the only street in New York which follows this path, there is another example in the West Village.

It is also said that this road has survived with this corner to direct people towards the Church of St Mark, but the reality is that it was because the former residence of Governor Peter Stuyvesant was located here. The fact is that it originally ran from Bowery Road, present-day Fourth Avenue, to the governor's residence. But in 1778 a fire destroyed it and the family sold the cemetery and the remaining chapel, which today is the site of St Mark's Church in the Bowery.

Our best recommendation is that you take a walk through this nice street and remind yourself of the history of New York. You can even still find an 1804 house built for one of the great-grandchildren of the governor. The Stuyvesant Fish House at number 21. 

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