What landmarks/streets/prepositions are in a name?

June 16, 2010 at 3:50 pm Leave a comment

In New York city, there’s often several parts to a neighborhood’s name, which results in names from cute to completely obscure. Just consider:

SoHo – “south of Houston” Street

NoHo – “north of Houston” Street

Nolita – “north of Little Italy”

TriBeCa – the “triangle below Canal” Street’

DUMBO – “down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass,” which has a great story for how it was named and also has some great design destinations

BoCoCa – the combined area of Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, and Carroll Gardens, which has an Arts Festival happening this month

NoMad – “North of Madison Square Park,” which may or may not be named (depending on who you ask) and which is notorious for being the empty brown square on NYC cab maps

June 16’s daily design idea is what physical characteristics are included in the name for your neighborhood?

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