Names of New York: Learn About the People Behind Streets, Buildings & Landmarks

Years ago, when most newspapers were still published only in print, I was retained by Newsday to research and write about the name origins of hundreds of iconic New York-based streets, building and landmarks.

Ever hear of Gerritsen Beach in Brooklyn?  Who was Murray Hill named after?  What about Bailey House?

Outerbridge Crossing

This was an intensive and fascinating project to work on and it eventually led to receiving a call from Yale University Press for a new project —  which became my book, “The Neighborhoods of Queens.”

You won’t find The Names of New York articles on the newspaper’s website — so I’m posting all of my clips here — just scroll down the sidebar on the right, under Pages.

And if you’d like to speak to me in regard to a similar project, please get in touch with me at


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