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Encyclopedia > Houston Street (Manhattan)
Houston Street looking east, from The Bowery
Houston Street looking east, from The Bowery
Houston Street looking west, from The Bowery
Houston Street looking west, from The Bowery

Houston Street (pronounced /'haʊstən/ HOW-stin) is a major east-west thoroughfare in downtown New York City. It runs crosstown across the full width of the borough of Manhattan, from the Hudson River to the East River, and serves as the boundary between the neighborhoods of Greenwich Village and SoHo on the West Side, and the East Village and the Lower East Side on the East Side. The numeric street-naming grid in Manhattan, created as part of the Commissioners' Plan of 1811, begins immediately north of Houston Street with 1st Street at Avenue A, although the grid does not take full hold until 13th Street. Image File history File linksMetadata HoustonEast. ... Image File history File linksMetadata HoustonEast. ... Image File history File linksMetadata HoustonWest. ... Image File history File linksMetadata HoustonWest. ... For information on how to read IPA transcriptions of English words see here. ... The Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST, internally called HT-7U) is a project being undertaken to construct an experimental superconducting tokamak magnetic fusion energy reactor in Hefei, the capital city of Anhui Province, in eastern China. ... A compass rose with west highlighted This article refers to the cardinal direction; for other uses see West (disambiguation). ... Lower Manhattan skyline as viewed from the Staten Island Ferry Woolworth Building, looking south along Broadway Lower Manhattan, from the Brooklyn Bridge, 2005 Lower Manhattan is the southernmost part of the island of Manhattan, the main island and center of business and government of the City of New York. ... Nickname: Big Apple; City that never Sleeps; Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Manhattan Queens Brooklyn Staten Island Settled 1613 Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... The Five Boroughs of New York City: 1: Manhattan 2: Brooklyn 3: Queens 4: Bronx 5: Staten Island In New York City, a borough is a unique form of government used to administer the five constituent counties that make up the city; it differs significantly from other borough forms of... The Borough of Manhattan, highlighted in yellow, lies between the East River and the Hudson River. ... The Hudson River, called Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk in Mahican, is a river running mainly through New York State but partly forming the boundary between the states of New York and New Jersey. ... New York City waterways: 1. ... The Washington Square Arch Greenwich Village (pronounced Grennich Village; also called simply the Village) is a largely residential area on the west side of downtown (southern) Manhattan in New York City. ... Soho is an area of central Londons West End, in the borough of the City of Westminster. ... Looking south from 6th Street down Second Avenue, one of the main thoroughfares through the East Village. ... LOHO (an acronym for Lower Houston Street) is the name of a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan. ... An 1807 version of the Commissioners Grid plan for Manhattan, a few years before it was adopted in 1811. ... 1st Street is the southernmost numbered street in Manhattan. ... Avenue A and East 7th Street, midnight Avenue A from East 5th Street, noon Avenue A runs from north to south and is the beginning of the avenues to be defined by letters instead of using the numbering system in the New York City borough of Manhattan. ... 13th Street is an eastbound street in the New York City borough of Manhattan. ...

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History

Houston Street is named for William Houstoun, who was a Delegate to the Continental Congress for the State of Georgia from 1784 through 1786 and to the United States Constitutional Convention in 1787. The street was christened by Nicholas Bayard III, whose daughter, Mary, was married to Houstoun in 1788. The couple met while Houstoun, a member of an ancient and aristocratic Scotish family, was serving in the Congress. Bayard cut the street through a tract he owned in the vicinity of Canal Street in which he lived, and the city later extended it to include North Street, the northern border of New York's east side at the beginning of the 19th Century. William Houstoun (1755– March 17, 1813) was an American planter, lawyer, and statesman from Savannah, Georgia. ... A delegate is an individual (or a member of a group called a delegation) who represents the interests of a larger organization (e. ... The Continental Congress is the label given to two successive bodies of representatives of the inhabitants of the Thirteen Colonies in 18th century British North America: The First Continental Congress met from September 5, 1774, to October 26, 1774. ... The Philadelphia Convention—also known as the Constitutional Convention—took place in May through September, 1787, to address problems in the government of the United States of America following independence from Britain. ... New York Citys main Chinatown meets Little Italy at Canal Street. ...


The current spelling of the name is a corruption: the street appears as Houstoun in the city's Common Council minutes for 1808, and the official map drawn in 1811 to establish the street grid that is still current. In those years, the Texas hero Sam Houston, for whom the street is sometimes said to have been named, was an unknown teenager in Tennessee. Also mistaken, is the explanation that the name derives from the Dutch words huis for house, and tuin for Garden.[1] Official language(s) None See: Languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 268,581 sq mi (695,622 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... Sam Houston Samuel Houston (March 2, 1793 – July 26, 1863) was a 19th century American statesman, politician and soldier. ... Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Largest metro area Nashville Area  Ranked 36th  - Total 42,169 sq mi (109,247 km²)  - Width 120 miles (195 km)  - Length 440 miles (710 km)  - % water 2. ...


In 1891, Nikola Tesla established his Houston Street laboratory. Much of Tesla's research was lost in the 1895 Houston Street lab fire. Nikola Tesla (1856-1943)[1] was a world-renowned Serbian inventor, physicist, mechanical engineer and electrical engineer. ...


The street was widened in the late 19th century, which resulted in numerous small empty lots on both sides of the street where buildings were demolished. These lots are now used by vendors and some have been turned into community gardens. Community gardens are small plots of land allocated to groups of people by some organization that holds title or lease to the land, sometimes for rent, sometimes simply as a grant of land. ...


Lower Manhattan's SoHo district takes its name from an acronym for "South Of Houston": the street serves as SoHo's northern boundary. The neighborhood north of Houston Street is correspondingly sometimes referred to as "NoHo." The neighborhood just below Houston Street's east end all the way south to the East River at South Street is sometimes called LoHo for "Lower Houston". Soho is an area of central Londons West End, in the borough of the City of Westminster. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Backronym and Apronym (Discuss) Acronyms and initialisms are abbreviations, such as NATO, laser, and ABC, written as the initial letter or letters of words, and pronounced on the basis of this abbreviated written form. ... NoHo can also refer to North Hollywood in Los Angeles, California. ... LOHO (an acronym for Lower Houston Street) is the name of a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan. ...


Pronunciation

The street name Houston (pronounced /'haʊstən/ HOW-stin) confuses many people from outside of New York (invariably becoming one of the easiest signs of spotting tourists) because the letters "ou" are pronounced as in the word house, whereas the same letters in the name of the city of Houston, Texas (pronounced /'hju:stən/ or /'ju:stən/ HYOO-stin) are pronounced like the "u" in huge. This is due to the fact that Houston Street was named for William Houstoun (note that the spelling is different), long before the fame of Sam Houston, for whom the city in Texas is named. Abbey Road in London A street name or odonym is an identifying name given to a street. ... For information on how to read IPA transcriptions of English words see here. ... Nickname: Space City Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Counties Harris County Fort Bend County Montgomery County Mayor Bill White Area    - City 1,558 km²  (601. ... William Houstoun (1755– March 17, 1813) was an American planter, lawyer, and statesman from Savannah, Georgia. ... Sam Houston Samuel Houston (March 2, 1793 – July 26, 1863) was a 19th century American statesman, politician and soldier. ...


Transportation

As of 2006, Houston Street is served by the M21 bus from Avenue C to Washington Street. From Broadway to Sixth Avenue, Houston Street is also served by the M5 (southbound buses only). The subway stations that lie on Houston Street are Lower East Side–2nd Avenue (F and V), Broadway–Lafayette Street (B, D, F, and V), and Houston Street (1). Exit 5 on the FDR Drive is on Houston Street. Avenue C is the name of a number of streets in various cities. ... A view of Broadway in 1909 Broadway, as the name implies, is a wide avenue in New York City, and is the oldest north-south main thoroughfare in the city, dating to the first New Amsterdam settlement. ... Sixth Avenue looking south from 18th Street Sixth Avenue is a major avenue in New York Citys borough of Manhattan. ... Lower East Side–Second Avenue is a subway station on the IND Sixth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. ... The F Sixth Avenue Local and V Sixth Avenue Local are two services of the New York City Subway. ... The F Sixth Avenue Local and V Sixth Avenue Local are two services of the New York City Subway. ... The Broadway-Lafayette Street station is an important transfer point, located on East Houston Street between Broadway and Lafayette Street. ... The B Sixth Avenue Express is a service of the New York City Subway. ... The D Sixth Avenue Express is a service of the New York City Subway. ... The F Sixth Avenue Local and V Sixth Avenue Local are two services of the New York City Subway. ... The F Sixth Avenue Local and V Sixth Avenue Local are two services of the New York City Subway. ... Houston Street is a local subway station on the IRT Broadway-Seventh Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. ... The 1 Broadway-Seventh Avenue Local is a service of the New York City Subway. ... FDR Drive at night FDR Drive is a major freeway-standard parkway on the east side of the New York City borough of Manhattan. ...


External links

  • Knight, Sam. What a Street! (But Do You Ever Remember Being There?) New York Times, October 17, 2004.
  • Neighborhood map of Houston and Clinton: MondoMap.

The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... October 17 is the 290th day of the year (291st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

References

  1. ^ Moscow, Henry. The Street Book: An Encyclopedia of Manhattan's Street Names and Their Origins. New York: Fordham University Press, 1990. ISBN 0823212750.
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