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SoHo(CityRealty) SoHo(CityRealty)
When many of us are asked to name a favorite neighborhood in New York City, the choice is often made based on architecture, local attractions, and access to the rest of the city. But how often do we give thought to the neighborhood names that fall off our tongues with little effort? New York's rich history dates back to before the Revolutionary War, and this comes out throughout the city.

If you're taking this time to learn something new, read up on the areas where your post-quarantine chapters might take place. The following listings show an extra touch of civic pride with buildings or streets named after their neighborhoods.

Murray Hill Streetscape (CityRealty)
Murray Hill is named in honor of Robert Murray, an 18th-century shipping tycoon who rented land from the city for a large house and farm on what is now Park Avenue and East 36th Street. This was a relatively isolated area at the time, but centuries to come brought several offices, museums, and diplomatic missions to the neighborhood. Recent years have also seen a wave of residential interest.
201-East-36th-Street-01 All images of Murray Hill Terrace via Brown Harris Stevens
From the listing:
Move right into this sunny and fully renovated five-room condo in Murray Hill! 9A is a 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartment featuring ample closet space and smart storage throughout. Upon entering, you're greeted with a spacious foyer that flows directly into the living room, which includes a Sonos surround system, while a separate dining room leads to the windowed kitchen with stainless steel appliances. See floor plan and full details here.

SoHo New York SoHo (CityREalty)
We tend to think of neighborhoods with trendy portmanteau names as modern affectations (ahem, Nolita), but the trend goes back to the 1960’s with Soho among the leaders of the charge. Urban planner Chester Rapkin coined the name in The South Houston Industrial Area Study, naming the area “South of Houston Street.” The name brings a bustling section of London to mind, but the New York neighborhood has emerged as a destination in its own right.
311-West-Broadway-01 All images of Soho Mews via Elliman
From the listing:
A gracious gallery welcomes you into the bright, 26-foot wide great room with Western exposures onto West Broadway. Adjacent to the entertaining space is the large semi-open kitchen showcasing custom Valcucine Striated Elm and smoked glass Italian cabinetry, Jet Mist granite countertops, and is complete with Sub-Zero refrigerator, Miele oven and dishwasher, and Gaggenau cooktop with vented hood. The well-proportioned master suite overlooks the building's private courtyard and features two closets, including a large walk-in closet. See floor plan and full details here.

Hamilton Heights (CityRealty)
This now-bustling stretch of Upper Manhattan was once a quiet area of mansions and estates, which was probably a factor in Founding Father Alexander Hamilton choosing it as a setting for The Grange, his Federal-style mansion. The extension of the subway line at the end of the 19th century ushered in a flurry of new housing, and a certain musical was probably instrumental in bringing it to the attention of today’s buyers.
479-West-152nd-Street-01 All images of Hamilton Park via The Corcoran Group
From the listing:
Bright, sunny, wide-open views teamed with high ceilings are the hallmarks of this fully renovated corner apartment. Eight large windows with gracious curves offer three exposures; south, east and west. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances including: a Bosch dishwasher, a Bosch oven and a Bosch microwave with a Twist Air refrigerator. FaceTime appointments are available upon request. See floor plan and full details here.

Carroll Gardens (CityRealty)
Contrary to what Hamilton Heights (see above) and Washington Heights would make some think, Upper Manhattan does not have a monopoly on Revolutionary heroes. Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, led a regiment that tried to regain a strategically placed farmhouse near what is now Gowanus Canal. The assault failed, but Mr. Carroll was not forgotten: Later centuries would see a South Brooklyn street named after him, then a park, and then an entire neighborhood.
42-Carroll-Street-01 All images of 42 Carroll Street via Compass
From the listing:
This large garden apartment just underwent a top to bottom renovation, and there is nothing to do but move right in. The huge private backyard has a new privacy fence and gravel base, perfect for entertaining and outdoor living. An oversized laundry closet provides space for chores and additional storage. Wonderfully situated, this home is steps from many fine restaurants and shops and a quick walk to the F & G trains. See floor plan and full details here.

Chelsea03 (CityRealty)
Before the Revolutionary War, retired British Major Thomas Clarke bought 94 acres of land between what is now West 21st through West 24th Streets, from the Hudson River to the current Eighth Avenue. He named his new estate after a veteran’s hospital in London. Indeed, as the centuries passed, the New York neighborhood would come to have quite a bit in common with its British counterpart including a reputation as an artists’ enclave, housing the height of fashion, and jaw-dropping real estate.
365-West-20th-Street-01 All images of Chelsea Court Tower via Eastpointe Residential
From the listing:
Every pre-war detail is maintained in excellent condition with a mix of modern amenities. Pre-war architectural details include vintage glass transoms, high beamed ceilings, and original fixtures. Eleven windows throughout the home provide southern, western, and northern exposures, allowing for abundant light throughout the day. This well-planned two bedroom home features an open living and dining floor plan. See floor plan and full details here.

Greenwich Village
Back when New York was still known as New Amsterdam, this stretch of Lower Manhattan was dubbed “Groenwijck,” the Dutch for “pine district,” in a nod to what was once, as surprising as it may sound now, a rural setting. The name was later anglicized to “Greenwich,” but many of us simply call it “the Village” today.
155-West-11th-Street-01 All images of Greenwich Lane via Brown Harris Stevens
From the listing:
Floor-to-ceiling glass windows paired with South, North, and East exposures welcome the residence with warm sunlight throughout the day. The eat-in chef's kitchen is a culinary dream: unequivocally massive and lined with custom-paneled cabinetry and appliances by iconic brand-names Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Miele. See floor plan and full details here.

Harlem (CityRealty)
In 1658, the settlement of Nieuw Haarlem was founded by Peter Stuyvesant, Director-General of what was then the colony of New Netherland. The English would later name the colony New York after capturing it from the Dutch, yet this neighborhood's name was left largely unchanged. The British burned the neighborhood to the ground during the Revolutionary War, but it has come back in leaps and bounds, and is considered by some to be experiencing another Harlem Renaissance.
40-West-116th-Street-01 All images of Kalahari Harlem via Compass
From the listing:
This bright and very quiet northern exposure apartment over-looking the courtyard is in excellent move-in condition. Featuring a spacious living/dining room; bedroom large enough to accommodate a queen-size bedroom set; a sizable bathroom with very generous cabinet storage; a fully equipped kitchen with open breakfast bar, granite counters including a built in GE microwave with fan and dishwasher. See floor plan and full details here.

When settlers first came to this stretch of what is now the Upper West Side, it was dubbed Vandewater Heights in honor of Dutch landowner Hermon Vandewater. Hundreds of years later, as institutions like Columbia University, Teacher's College, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, and St. Luke's Hospital bought property throughout the area, a debate sprang up about whether to call this emergent neighborhood "Morningside Heights" or "Cathedral Heights." Use of the former would eventually win out among locals, and even Team Cathedral Heights must concede that this name flows off the tongue better than "The Acropolis of the New World," as some 19th-century scholars dubbed it.
100-La-Salle-Street-01 All images of Morningside Gardens via Elliman
From the listing:
This spacious and sun-flooded alcove studio on the second floor has charming eastern and southern treetop views overlooking the beautiful and lush gardens. This apartment is in good move-in condition and is large enough to make a separate sleeping area! It also features a big windowed kitchen with eating nook plus new cabinetry, extra-high ceilings, hardwood floors throughout and wonderful closets (three in total). See floor plan and full details here.

Vernon-Tower-01 Astoria vistas via PACS
Starting in the middle of the 17th century, this riverfront stretch of what is now Queens was originally known as Hallet's Cove in honor of its first landowner. Centuries later, fur merchant Stephen Halsey appealed to the state legislature to name the area in honor of John Jacob Astor, in the hopes that this would persuade the wealthiest man in America to invest in the neighborhood. Mr. Astor only invested $500, and never actually set foot in the neighborhood named after him, but the name stuck thanks to the efforts of his supporters and friends. (Let's pause here to say we hope the current president isn't taking note of this.)
24-75-38th-Street-01 All images of Astoria Lights via The Corcoran Group
From the listing:
This home features a spacious, modern living environment where time seems to slow down, awash in light and infused with history. The living room connects with the kitchen and flows from extra-wide foyer. The windowed, open kitchen maximizes storage. A streamlined palette of light finishes and textures amplifies space and celebrates the culinary experience. See floor plan and full details here.

Purchased from its indigenous inhabitants in the 17th century, this sprawling, hilly section of Brooklyn was originally known as "Crow Hill" in reference to the numerous black birds that roosted at the area's highest peak. When Crown Street was extended in 1916, the name "Crown Heights" was adopted. Mentalfloss muses on why they didn't make an easier change with "Crown Hill," but the neighborhood's residents don't seem to object.
601-Crown-Street-01 All images of Brooklyn Crown Condominiums via Keller Williams
From the listing:
This beautifully renovated pre-war apartment features red oak floors throughout, a spacious living room, a windowed kitchen with quartz counter tops, glass-tiled back splash and stainless-steel appliances which include a microwave, stove, dishwasher and refrigerator. The unit also features a sparkling new bathroom and recessed lighting. Video and virtual tours are available for this unit. See floor plan and full details here.

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