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In New York City, the fame and success of Soho and Tribeca have inspired portmanteaux for neighborhoods on the rise. But for every Nolita or NoMad, there's a BoCoCa, NoCa, or SoCo. It's reached a point where the combination of neighborhood names has turned into something of a joke, but it's important to remember that these were fairly innovative in their time. Previously, developers looked to New York City's history, which dates back to before the Revolutionary War, when naming a neighborhood. We explore the meaning behind some of the city's most curious neighborhood names, as well as listings emblematic of the areas.

It’s common knowledge that the name Tribeca is a portmanteau of Triangle Below Canal Street. But a lot of people don’t know that it came about as local artists, inspired by their counterparts in Soho (see below), sought to legalize their live/work situation in the early 1970’s. The phrase was originally meant to apply to one triangular-shaped tax block (whose neighborhood has since been designated a historic district), but The New York Times thought it applied to the whole neighborhood and the name stuck. Before that, it was more commonly known as the Lower West Side or Washington Market, for its past as a food market.

77-Reade-Street-01 77 Reade Street, #5E (Douglas Elliman)
From the listing:
Residence 5E is an exquisite two-bedroom, two-bathroom loft, located in one of the most desirable Condo buildings in Tribeca. This home is 1,523 square feet, with a north-facing living area, which spans nearly twenty-three feet wide and twenty-four feet in depth. The custom Canova white kitchen offers an open layout with a dishwasher, refrigerator, stove and a Miele oven perfect for entertaining. Throughout the residence are wide planked white ash floors, along with gorgeous exposed brick in the primary bedroom, second bedroom, kitchen, as well as the living area. 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, 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.

15-Mercer-Street-01 15 Mercer Street, #4 (Nest Seekers LLC)
From the listing:
Upon entering this gracious loft residence, the 13-foot ceiling heights and 8-foot-wide windows immediately stand out and differentiate this apartment as the epitome of downtown chic. The key-locked elevator brings you to this spectacular 2-bedroom, 2-bath home that has been completely renovated with top-of-the-line finishes. The loft features a multiple zone Audio/Visual system, a chef’s kitchen with high-end Miele, Viking, and Sub-Zero appliances, a wine fridge, and a separate laundry room with state-of-the-art washer and dryer. See floor plan and full details here.

For a while, a short stretch of Lafayette Street went from industrial to largely ignored. Then, as artists moved in and started using the buildings as live-work space, others took notice and started converting the industrial buildings to residential. Thus Noho, or "north of Houston Street" was born.

21-Astor-Place-01 21 Astor Place, #2A (Compass)
From the listing:
Upon entering, you are immediately welcomed with an expansive arched brick wall of windows, Brazilian hardwood floors and 11-foot ceilings. The chef’s kitchen features Poggenpohl cabinetry, Miele and Viking appliances as well as a large island for counter dining. The spacious primary suite has a custom designed walk-in closet and can accommodate a king-sized bed, a home office or a lounge area. 21 Astor Place is a full-service doorman condominium in the most prime NoHo location. See floor plan and full details here.

For many years, the Lower East Side was one large, working-class stretch of Lower Manhattan. But starting in the 1960's, an influx of artists and a new creative class moved in to create a distinct culture. Savvy business owners seized on its close proximity to the nearby Greenwich Village (see below), and a new neighborhood was born.

115-East-9th-Street-01 The Saint Mark, #2D (Compass)
From the listing:
This apartment greets you with a freshly renovated open kitchen, complete with new appliances and cabinets. The kitchen opens up to a grand, east-facing living room that extends 24 feet, bathed in sunlight through large windows that overlook the serene Ukrainian Village Park. Set back for added tranquility, the apartment is enhanced by light hardwood floors and overhead recessed lighting. 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.

45-Christopher-Street-01 45 Christopher Street, #11D (The Corcoran Group)
From the listing:
Oversized, sun-flooded, lovely high floor studio with wondrous deep open views in premier Bing & Bing prewar condominium. Gracious layout with big living room, working wood-burning fireplace, fully renovated windowed kitchen with Bertazzoni stove and custom cabinets, sizeable dressing room that can be used as a separate sleeping area, bathroom with original cast iron tub and Art Deco hardware, walk in closets, and dazzling south exposure over the Greenwich Village Historic District. 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.

555-West-22nd-Street-01 The Cortland, #12AE (Core Group Marketing)
From the listing:
Residence 12AE is a 2,476-square-foot duplex residence with three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms. The 166-square-foot private terrace has views of the Hudson River facing west and city skyline views facing north. The expansive, open-plan living and dining areas feature unobstructed views of the Hudson River, a 20-foot corner great room, warm wood flooring, and floor-to-ceiling windows. See floor plan and full details here.

To pass by New York's only private park and the gracious townhouses surrounding it, one would think Gramercy has always been a well-tended neighborhood. However, the area was once known as "Krom Moerasje," the Dutch for "small crooked swamp." Years later, when it became the home of one of New York's first city planning attempts, the name was Anglicized to "Gramercy Seat," from an Old English word meaning "many thanks."

34-Gramercy-Park-East-01 The Gramercy, #1BR (Compass)
From the listing:
This one bedroom, one bath apartment has a grand living room with 13’ ceilings and original 1883 mouldings - a perfect space for elegant entertaining. There is an original fireplace with original hearth tiles (now decorative) and three 7’ windows with shutters. There is more than ample space to accommodate fine dining in this lovely setting. The entry hall provides gallery space to display your art and entice your guests. The large open kitchen, that can accommodate a dining table and banquette, is awaiting the design of your dream kitchen. Apartment comes with a key to Gramercy Park. See floor plan and full details here.

Flatiron-Building-01 Flatiron Building via CityRealty
When a triangular building took shape on Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street in 1902, it was originally dubbed the Fuller Building. However, its resemblance to a hot clothing iron inspired the more widely known name of the Flatiron Building. As the area became more residential in the 1980’s, the building would be the namesake of the district.

142-Fifth-Avenue-01 142 Fifth Avenue, #9A (The Corcoran Group)
From the listing:
This high floor corner loft with north, south, and east exposures has a private keyed elevator, opening directly into the entryway. Eighteen oversized windows flood the entire loft with an abundance of light, overlooking Fifth Avenue skyline views with 27 linear feet of highly coveted Fifth Avenue frontage, and 40 linear feet of 19th Street southern exposure. Current configuration includes living, dining, kitchen, 4 bedrooms, 1 office, 3.5 bathrooms, built-out storage, vented laundry room, and plenty of closets. See floor plan and full details here.

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This riverfront neighborhood was named in honor of Jacobus Kips, whose manor house was leased as a quarantine facility for yellow fever patients. Centuries later, the neighborhood is best known as home to NYU Langone Health, Bellevue Hospital, Alexandria Center for Life Sciences, and the forthcoming Science Park and Research Campus (SPARC) Kips Bay, but is in the midst of a residential renaissance.

128-East-28th-Street-01 128 East 28th Street, #4A (Brown Harris Stevens)
From the Listing:
As you enter residence 4A off your semi-private elevator landing (shared with only one other apartment), you’ll immediately be impressed by the oversized and loft-like living and dining area, which faces North and features idyllic treetop views and beautiful natural light. The open concept chef’s kitchen is completely custom and perfectly suited for all your dining and entertaining needs. The king-sized primary bedroom includes two large closets and an en-suite bathroom. See floor plan and full details here.

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.

160-East-38th-Street-01 Murray Hill Mews, #16B (Brown Harris Stevens)
From the listing:
This high floor, western facing, convertible two-bedroom apartment boasts Empire State Building and city views as far as the eye can see from a wall of windows in the living room, and both bedrooms. This inviting residence features a large entry foyer with an area to work from home, leading to a spacious living/dining room with the wall already up creating an ample second bedroom or den. The oversized primary bedroom has thoughtfully designed built-ins plus a huge walk-in closet and two additional closets for maximum storage. It has a renovated kitchen with dark wood cabinets, granite counter tops, brand new stainless appliances and a window facing south. See floor plan and full details here.

Turtle-Bay-01 Turtle Bay via The Corcoran Group
This section of Manhattan is now known for its stately townhouses and the United Nations Headquarters, but it was originally a piece of farmland bequeathed by the Dutch government in 1639. To see the numerous reptilian inhabitants of the creek running through Turtle Bay Farmland, one might naturally assume they inspired its name. However, the Turtle Bay Association has suggested that it was taken from "deutal," a Dutch word for "bent blade" that the bay resembled.

333-East-46th-Street-01 333 East 46th Street, #PHA (Douglas Elliman)
From the listing:
As you step into the unit, you are immediately greeted by an abundance of natural light streaming through the glass solarium and connected terrace, highlighting the spaciousness and elegance of the living area. A unique and inspiring space, the living and dining areas are perfect for entertaining or enjoying a relaxing evening with a remarkable view of the city skyline. The kitchen is conveniently located just off the living and dining room, flowing directly from the entrance to the unit as well. The generously sized bedrooms are located on opposite sides of the unit. See floor plan and full details here.

Hell's Kitchen NYC Views of Hell's Kitchen from Bloom on Forty Fifth (Keller Williams NYC)
There are various theories on how this stretch of Midtown West got its name. Some trace it to a tenement on West 54th Street. Others think it came about from the gang activity and fetid industries, which created a less than welcoming atmosphere. One popular theory states that when someone described the place as hell during a riot, a policeman commented, “Hell’s a mild climate. This is hell’s kitchen.” What we know for sure is that the real estate industry has endeavored to rechristen the area “Clinton,” but the old name has stuck so well that locals don't want to let it go.

416-West-52nd-Street-01 NINE52, #TH210 (The Corcoran Group)
From the listing:
This special residence is a uniquely designed duplex, configured as a 2-bedroom, 2-full bathroom residence with two separate entrances, on each level; both bedrooms provide generous layouts and voluminous closet space. A modern kitchen is equipped with seamless, built-in full-sized refrigerator and dishwasher, with an open design concept and an extremely expansive island that features ample counter and cabinet space that expands into the living area, overlooking the beautiful interior garden of the building. The home features elegant oak flooring, marbled tile bathrooms, and an in-unit washer and dryer. See floor plan and full details here.

Plaza-District-01 The Plaza District via Douglas Elliman
Located in a rarefied stretch of Midtown East, the Plaza District was named in honor of the world-famous hotel next to Central Park on Fifth Avenue and 59th Street. Boundary definitions differ, but brokerage firm Cushman & Wakefield has placed them from 47th Street to 65th Street, and from Seventh Avenue to the East River.

1-Central-Park-South-01 The Plaza, #PH2006 (The Corcoran Group)
From the listing:
Located on the 20th floor Penthouse level, Apartment PH2006 is a generously proportioned 1,176-square-foot one-bedroom and one and a half-bathroom apartment which wraps two corners offering sundrenched southern exposures through 10 floor to ceiling windows. The corner living room includes two Juliet balconies, handsome herringbone oak floors and a sunny separate home office wing with elegant floor to ceiling windows. The kitchen is outfitted with custom cabinetry, Nero Marquina marble countertops and Viking and Miele appliances. The sunny corner primary bedroom suite with two Juliet balconies includes a windowed dressing room and luxuriously appointed en-suite marble bath. See floor plan and full details here.

Lenox Hill via CityRealty
Between Bloomingdale's, a number of high-end restaurants and boutiques, the historic Lenox Hill Hospital, a residential building boom, and an abundance of new transportation options, it's hard to imagine Lenox Hill as being a quiet part of New York. And yet, in the early 19th century, what is now East 68th to 74th Streets between Park and Fifth Avenues was occupied by a 30-acre farm belonging to Robert Lenox, the namesake of the neighborhood to the east.

301-East-69th-Street-01 The Mayfair, #4MN (Douglas Elliman)
From the listing:
Beautifully renovated, the apartment faces east, with serene treetop views and abundant light throughout the day. The entryway with its walk in closet, welcomes you to a large living room and an open chef’s kitchen. The kitchen has a refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and full range gas stove. Custom white storage cabinets, with Corian counters and backsplash, make meal prep a joy. Off to the side of the kitchen is a separate home office. The two large bedrooms are separated from the main entraining areas by a gracious hallway. See floor plan and full details here.

Carnegie Hill
The section of the Upper East Side spanning from East 79th to 98th Streets was named in honor of steel magnate Andrew Carnegie's grand Gilded Age mansion at 2 East 91st Street. Indeed, this part of New York was best known for its lavish mansions during this time. More than 100 years later, as some speculate that we might be in the midst of a second Gilded Age, the area is undergoing a building boomlet comprising luxurious new condos inspired by prewar architecture.

1035-Park-Avenue-01 1035 Park Avenue, #14B (Brown Harris Stevens)
From the Listing:
This sunny, classic seven-into-six room estate is perched high over Park Avenue on the 14th floor, with most major rooms facing onto Park Avenue, in a desirable, full-service pre-war cooperative. The entire apartment enjoys open exposures south, east and west. The large foyer, entered from the semi-private elevator landing, leads to the generously proportioned corner living room with south and western outlook, a wood burning fireplace, and open views down Park Avenue. The sunny, south-facing dining room has gracious proportions and is adjacent to the living room via French doors. See floor plan and full details here.

Morningside Heights
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-Claremont-Avenue-01 Claremont Hall, #31B (The Corcoran Group)
From the listing:
Offering spectacular southern and eastern views and an intimate private terrace overlooking Columbia University, Riverside Park, and the Hudson River, Residence 31B is a premium two-bedroom, two-bathroom home with a powder room. The residence is centered on a bright and sunny open living and dining room and a generous U-shaped kitchen designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects. A separate bedroom wing includes the east-facing primary bedroom and a windowed ensuite bath with double vanity and glass-enclosed walk-in shower. 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.

254-West-123rd-Street-01 254 West 123rd Street, #1 (Core Group Marketing)
From the listing:
With three bedrooms and three bathrooms, this duplex garden condominium in prime Harlem maximizes live/work/play flexibility with three outdoor spaces including a private garden and over 2,000 square feet of living space and amenities, all accessible through a private entrance. Enter this classic townhouse into an expansive 25-foot-long open-concept living space which is framed by exposed brick and hardwood floors and includes a wood-burning fireplace, a formal dining area, and a chef’s kitchen with Wolf and Bosch appliances. 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.

52-Convent-Avenue-01 52 Convent Avenue, #1C (Compass)
From the listing:
Nestled in one of the most coveted neighborhoods, this exquisite ground floor duplex apartment is a true urban oasis. As you step through the private entrance, you are greeted by an inviting foyer that leads to the expansive living area. Bathed in natural light streaming through large windows, the open-plan layout creates a sense of spaciousness and freedom. The beautifully appointed living room is perfect for both relaxation and entertaining, featuring plush seating and a cozy fireplace that adds a touch of warmth and sophistication. Adjacent to the living area, the gourmet kitchen is a culinary enthusiast’s dream come true. See floor plan and full details here.

Washington Heights aerial views Washington Heights (CityRealty)
During the Revolutionary War, George Washington’s fort was built on the highest point of Manhattan. Centuries later, the hilly terrain inspired the “heights” part of the name. Thanks to another Tony Award-winning musical, it is simply known as “the Heights” to some.

140-Cabrini-Boulevard-01 Castle Village, #98 (Brown Harris Stevens)
From the Listing:
Originally a junior 2-bedroom, this apartment was reconfigured as a 1-bedroom with a pass-through kitchen that opens onto a large dining area. This home features all art deco details, a sunken living room, original moldings, herringbone floors, original doorknobs and hinges, 11 windows, 5 closets and 1 linen closet in the bathroom. Unobstructed views of the Hudson River, the Palisades and the Mario Cuomo Bridge. See floor plan and full details here.

Inwood-01 Inwood via CityRealty
A recent rezoning has attracted attention to Inwood beyond Upper Manhattan, but the name was bestowed on the neighborhood in 1864, years after the Hudson River Railroad breathed new life into what was once a sleepy fishing village. Some would have preferred the name "Kingsbridge Heights," but all agreed that "Tubby Hook," as it was previously known because of the tub-like outline of an inlet, wasn't going to cut it in this new age.

95-Park-Terrace-East-01 95 Park Terrace East, #5D (The Corcoran Group)
From the listing:
From the moment you enter, you will be greeted by graceful arches and pre-war details that set the stage in this turn key home. The residence premium upgrades include Oceanfront Birch engineered wood flooring, flush mount Hampton Bay Flaxmere overhead lighting fixtures, interior solid core single panel doors by Brosco with hardware by Yale and 6" base moldings. An inviting entry foyer leads you to a brand-new kitchen with breakfast bar, custom stained wood cabinetry in smoke finish, MSI Valentin Quartz countertops in warm white plus undermount sink by Elkay and American Olean ceramic backsplash. See floor plan and full details here.

DUMBO-01 DUMBO via CityRealty
Before the acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass was coined, the neighborhood between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges was known as Olympia (a name dating back to the late 18th century) or considered to be part of Vinegar Hill. However, as artists moved into the abandoned industrial buildings along the waterfront, a new name took hold and the area made the transition to residential. Jerry Seinfeld has quipped that the overpass got added to the acronym because no one wanted to live in a neighborhood called DUMB.

1-Main-Street-01 The Clocktower Building, #7D (Brown Harris Stevens)
From the listing:
As you enter apartment 7D you are treated to breathtaking views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges and the Manhattan skyline; a feast of light and space which is unique to this reconfigured loft-like home. Several walls have been removed, pocket doors added, and the original design has been replaced by an open plan layout with creative cabinet work, generous storage in the kitchen and extensive shelves providing for all your display and storage needs. The fully renovated apartment is truly a one-of-a-kind space in the Clocktower Condominium. See floor plan and full details here.

Fort-Greene-01 Fort Greene via CityRealty
Fort Greene is now home to some of Brooklyn's most attractive architecture and green space, but it was home to a simple earthen fort during the Battle of Long Island during the Revolutionary War. It was constructed by Nathaneal Greene, a Major General in the Continental Army and one of George Washington's most trusted officers.

122-Adelphi-Street-01 Fino 122, #2B (The Corcoran Group)
From the listing:
Welcome to 122 Adelphi Street #2B - the rarest of offerings with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a keyed elevator opening directly into the sun-splashed apartment! This 1,349-square-foot home has a fantastic floor-through layout, with a huge living room and dining area framed by a wall of floor to ceiling windows. The third bedroom has sliding doors, and is a perfect study, guest room or home office. The open kitchen has quartz counters, modern appliances and a pantry closet. See floor plan and full details here.

Brooklyn has experienced quite a renaissance in recent years, but investors have always embraced the borough's potential. Exhibit A: In 1802, real estate investor Richard Woodhull purchased a stretch of a farming village known as Bushwick Shores and named it Williamsburgh, in honor of its surveyor Jonathan Williams. However, we doubt even these optimists could have foreseen its eventual transformation in to the art, dining, and residential destination it has become today.

66-North-1st-Street-01 Factory Lofts, #2E (Serhant LLC)
From the listing:
Soaring 10 1/2-foot ceilings and oversized 8-foot windows emphasize the loft feel of this open-plan living, dining, and kitchen space, saturated with natural light. The rich walnut floors add warmth and organic tones. The kitchen is adorned with an eat-in peninsula, sleek Caesarstone countertops, a mosaic tile backsplash, custom cabinets, and a suite of stainless-steel appliances, including a dishwasher. The bedroom is fitted with a large reach-in closet and easy access to a full bathroom. 421a tax abatement until 2035. See floor plan and full details here.

In Brooklyn's northernmost neighborhood, the name "Greenpoint" originally referred only to one bluff on Freeman Street that jutted into the East River. However, as the neighborhood's population grew beyond the five families that lived there around the Revolutionary War, the area surrounding the bluff would come to be known as Greenpoint.

47-Diamond-Street-01 Diamond Haus, #3A (Sotheby's International Realty)
From the Listing:
Inside, you’ll discover an impressive Great Room with an open floor plan encompassing a modern kitchen and spacious living room. Additionally, a large terrace awaits, providing the ideal setting for entertaining friends or simply unwinding in style. With spacious apartments, great expectations naturally follow. Rest assured, Diamond Haus delivers on all fronts with its soaring ceilings, lavish fixtures, and top-of-the-line appliances. See floor plan and full details here.

Bushwick artists painting a mural Bushwick (CityRealty)
Bushwick is the anglicized version of Boswjick, the Dutch name for “town in the woods” that Governor General Peter Stuyvesant gave the area. Today, between its nightlife and art scenes, appearances in pop culture, and abundant residential development, it is hard to believe that this section of Brooklyn was ever a woodland.

1421-Hancock-Street-01 1421 Hancock Street, #1 (Nest Seekers LLC)
From the Listing: With an immediate close, this duplex unit offers approximately 1,521 square feet of luxurious living space featuring two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. Step outside to a delightful full backyard, and inside, you’ll find a finished basement, washer and dryer, and ample closet space throughout. The kitchen offers full-size Bertazzoni appliances and an extra-large breakfast bar with seating. An ample dining area easily accommodates your gatherings, while three bay windows in the living room offer tranquil views of tree-lined Hancock Street. 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.

283-President-Street-01 283 President Street, #2 (Park Property Advisors)
From the listing:
Located across from picturesque Carroll Park, the three residences at 283 President Street provide all the conveniences that Carroll Gardens has to offer. Set in a grand, turn-of-the-century brownstone the homes feature a delicate neutral color palette throughout their finishes and evoke the clean lines and serenity championed by minimalist British architect, John Pawson. See floor plan and full details here.

Cobble Hill
Much of this Brooklyn neighborhood is located within the boundaries on the Cobble Hill Historic District, which in turn was named for the cobblestones that line the streets and were used to stabilize ships. Hundreds of years later, this has proved a more melodious name for the area than the original Ponkiesbergh.

209-Clinton-Street-01 209 Clinton Street, #4L (The Corcoran Group)
From the Listing:
Located on the top floor of a stately barrel-front limestone building, this home is the epitome of Cobble Hill living. The living room has high ceilings, west facing windows with treetop views, custom lighting and a wood burning fireplace. You will appreciate the spacious dining area, with room for a table for six or even eight. The windowed kitchen has plenty of cabinets and storage, ample counter space and stainless steel appliances. A long hallway provides privacy and quiet to the three bedrooms, each with ample closets. See floor plan and full details here.

Clinton-Hill-01 Clinton Hill brownstones via CityRealty
Clinton Hill is named in honor of DeWitt Clinton, who served as mayor of New York City, a state senator, and a two-term governor of New York. The “hill” part of the name is self-explanatory to residents - the area has an elevation of 95 feet!

555-Washington-Avenue-01 Cathedral Condominiums, #1D (The Corcoran Group)
From the listing:
Enter this special triplex unit through your exclusive patio garden, just off the building’s lush landscaped courtyard. The lovely private outdoor space offers a tranquil respite from the bustling neighborhoods beyond. Residence #1D features panels of casement windows and a sliding glass door that allow ample sunlight to flood the space, and helps to bring the outdoors in. The original oversized stone archway creates an unparalleled sense of drama, amplified by 14’8" tall vaulted ceilings. The living/dining area and adjacent eat-in kitchen make for easy living and entertaining, and the kitchen features updated stainless appliances, butcher block counter tops and a classic subway tile backsplash. See floor plan and full details here.

Park-Slope-01 Park Slope via Douglas Elliman
Prospect Park is instrumental in Park Slope's designation as one of New York's family-friendliest places, and it played an equally strong role in the naming of the neighborhood. The "slope" comes from the noticeable uphill when travelling from nearby Gowanus Canal to Prospect Park.

191-Garfield-Place-01 191 Garfield Place, #1O (The Corcoran Group)
From the listing:
Sun-blasted 2 bedroom residence with a home office and full bathroom, in a charming prewar co-op on a picture-perfect Park Slope street! Oversized windows on triple exposures - among them massive arched windows in the living area and primary bedroom, bathe the home in natural light and overlook lush greenery. Hardwood floors, tasteful built-ins, airy ceilings and high-end finishes complement the elegant interiors. Relax and entertain in the generous living/dining room, adjoined by an open modern kitchen styled with abundant white cabinetry, Caesarstone countertops, and premium appliances including a Liebherr fridge and Bosch dishwasher. See floor plan and full details here.

Gowanus streetscape Gowanus (CityRealty)
Before it became known for its Superfund site, and later home of extended 421-a benefits, it was an industrial shipping center. Brownstoner has two theories for how it got its name: either in honor of Native American chief Gouwane (translated loosely as “the sleeper”), or gouwee, the Dutch word for “bay.”

500-Fourth-Avenue-01 500 Fourth Avenue, #5C (Compass)
From the Listing:
This extraordinary residence offers a large outdoor terrace, three oversized bedrooms, and two bathrooms, spanning an impressive 1,176 square feet. Prepare to be captivated by the apartment’s exquisite features, including floor-to-ceiling windows, an expansive and functional living room, a luxurious Calcutta marble island countertop, beautiful hardwood floors, top-of-the-line Viking stainless steel appliances, an LG in-unit washer and dryer, central air conditioning, generous closet space in each room, and an expanded custom-built walk-in closet in the primary bedroom. Tax abatement in place until 2026. 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.

345-Montgomery-Street-01 The Dearborn, #5H (Compass)
From the listing:
With classic, generous proportions, this home is perfect for those looking for a well-sized two-bedroom home near Prospect Park, Brooklyn Museum, and the Botanic Gardens. Facing South with high ceilings and set back on a quiet tree-lined street, the long foyer is lined with a coat closet upon entry and leads to the first bedroom and adjoining, recently renovated bathroom. There is an extra nook that can be easily turned into an extra closet or kept as open shelving. The spacious kitchen has a long wall of cabinets for storage, ample counter space, and brand-new stainless steel appliances. See floor plan and full details here.

Sheephead Bay via VUE Brooklyn condominium
How did one frightening-looking fish give a neighborhood its name? The waters of an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean teemed with sheepshead saltwater fish to a point that set it apart from the nearby Brighton and Manhattan Beaches. Brownstoner notes that while sheepshead fish are no longer found in local waters, the area does have restaurants serving plenty of other seafood.

1501-Voorhies-Avenue-01 Avalon Brooklyn Bay, #PH30B (Compass)
From the listing:
This sprawling corner unit is an impressive four bed, three-bath penthouse with multiple private terraces off the kitchen/dining room, living room and primary bedroom. Spanning 2,502 square feet with over 11-foot tall ceilings, dazzling sunlight shines through the floor-to ceiling windows, providing a warm balance to this contemporary home and panoramic views stretching from Manhattan all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. The wide plank oak floors perfectly complement the stunningly designed open kitchen. Created with a chef in mind, the massive granite countered island, top-of-the-line appliances, and incredible view of the Sheepshead Bay will make cooking and hosting a delight. See floor plan and full details here.

Red-Hook-01 All images via Douglas Elliman
Red Hook is enjoying a bit of a residential renaissance now, but has been of importance to Brooklyn since the Revolutionary War. The red soil at the point of South Brooklyn inspired part of its name, and the second part is the Anglicization of “hoek,” which is Dutch for “point.”

199-Conover-Street-01 The Conover, #THD (Compass)
From the listing:
With abundant natural light and a beautiful 371-square-foot outdoor garden, it is the perfect place to relax. An open kitchen island concept features quartz countertops that are heat and stain-resistant. The floors are Madera white oak wide-plank wood, and the ceilings are smooth pour concrete. Additionally, Townhouse D offers adjacent parking available for purchase with built-in electric chargers for your convenience. See floor plan and full details here.

Windsor Terrace Brooklyn Windsor Terrace (CityRealty)
Windsor Terrace sounds more like a quaint British village than a New York City neighborhood, and was indeed given that name by English settlers (much like the nearby Kensington, as Brownstoner reports). Today, New Yorkers of all stripes are attracted to what appears to be the best of both worlds: a peaceful environment with easy access to Prospect Park and Park Slope hot spots

185-Prospect-Park-Southwest-01 185 Prospect Park Southwest, #407 (Compass)
From the Listing:
Located directly on the park, but facing the back of the building, this corner apartment is filled with soft diffused light and is pin-drop quiet. The kitchen and bath have both been updated with soothing color palettes and modern fixtures while retaining their original mid-century flavor. The primary bedroom is a peaceful retreat, offering ample space for relaxation and rejuvenation. Enjoy an oversized closet and plenty of room for a king-sized bed plus all the storage furniture you might need. See floor plan and full details here.

Ditmas Park residential street Ditmas Park (Jim.henderson - Own work, CC0,
In the early days of New York, a large plot of Brooklyn land was owned by the Van Ditmarsen family. At the beginning of the 20th century, when real estate developer Lewis H. Pounds began developing the area, he named it in honor of its former owner.

1155-Ocean-Avenue-01 1155 Ocean Avenue Coops, #3A (Serhant LLC)
From the Listing:
Nestled in a desirable location, this stunning one-bedroom apartment offers an exceptional living experience. With hardwood floors throughout, a renovated kitchen and bathroom, and an array of desirable features, this home is sure to impress even the most discerning individuals. Step inside and be greeted by the warm and inviting ambiance of the spacious living room. Located in a highly sought-after Ditmas Park, you’ll have easy access to a host of amenities, including shopping centers, restaurants, and entertainment options. 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.

30-57-Crescent-Street-01 Astoria Proper, #5A (Modern Spaces)
From the listing:
Airy interiors are conceived with the most in-demand elements. These include white oak flooring and expansive double-paned dual operation casement windows, which fully immerse each apartment in natural light while providing superior energy efficiency and comfort. Among the luxe features, balconies extend your living space. Also welcome is the convenience of an LG washer/dryer in every residence and the exceptionally efficient climate-controlled central heating/cooling system. The inviting kitchen will entice you with custom wood cabinetry, quartz countertops and a waterfall Island. See floor plan and full details here.

Forest Hills
Forest Hills residential street Forest Hills (User:Wasted Time R, CC BY 3.0,
Before an early 20th century developer named this section of Queens in honor of its proximity to Forest Park and its high elevation, it was known as Whitepot. Some say this was in honor of lore saying English settlers got the land in a trade with Native Americans in exchange for three white pots; others claim it was the anglicization of the Dutch name Whiteput.

107-02-Queens-Boulevard-01 BLVD, #4D (MNS)
From the Listing:
Enter this exquisite residence and be captivated by the abundant natural sunlight streaming through larger-than-life windows, illuminating the oak hardwood flooring throughout. The kitchen is a true masterpiece, featuring a marbled waterfall island adorned with Hinkley circular lighting fixtures. Custom cabinets with sleek, embellished handles and a stylish backsplash create an elegant and functional space. Bosch appliances, including a slide-in range, a handy drawer microwave, and a fully-integrated paneled dishwasher, combine high-tech functionality with timeless design. See floor plan and full details here.

Elmhurst street Elmhurst (DanTD - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,
When early British colonists arrived in this section of what is now Queens, they called their new town, um, Newtown. Decades later, as carriages and streetcars brought more people to the area, a developer lobbied for a more upscale name. Many of the area’s hills had elm trees, and “hurst” is an old English and Germanic word for “wooded hill.” (P.S. Some Elmhurst schools and streets still use the Newtown name.)

84-19-51st-Avenue-01 84-19 51st Avenue, #6B (Keller Williams)
From the listing:
Welcome to this renovated spacious co-op unit in Elmhurst, Queens! This beautiful studio apartment offers a renovated kitchen with granite countertops and wood cabinets, a bright spacious living area, and a fully renovated bathroom. Its generous living area has hardwood floors all over and well-designed to be easily furnished in multiple configurations. The apartment is freshly painted and equipped with plenty of storage throughout the unit. See floor plan and full details here.

Flushing skyline Flushing (Global Real Estate Ventures Group)
Between the forthcoming U.S. Open, delicious culinary options in its Chinatown, the New York Times-celebrated Queens Night Market, and new commercial and residential development, Flushing is having a bit of a moment. However, the neighborhood dates back to 1645, when it was first established under charter of the Dutch West India Company and named Vlissingen after its European base. Locals started to call it Vlishing, but an influx of British settlers anglicized it to Flushing.

136-18-Maple-Avenue-01 Nusun Tower, #19E (Global Real Estate Ventures Group)
From the Listing:
New development luxury condominium - Northern and west exposure 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms. NuSun Tower’s best location in the heart downtown Flushing surround by convenient public transportation, restaurants, groceries and etc. The residences features best-in-class modern finishes, top-of-the-line Miele appliance and oversized window. Building amenities features full time concierge, state-of-the-art fitness center, lounge, and outdoor terrace. See floor plan and full details here.

Sunnyside streetscape Sunnyside (Mpcoder - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,
The Sunnyside section of Queens was named in honor of “Sunnyside Hill,” which French Huguenot family the Bragaws named their area estate at the beginning of the 18th century. With developers turning their attention to the neighborhood in the present day, things are looking bright.

48-50-44th-Street-01 Celtic Park, #5E (Core Group Marketing)
From the Listing:
With partial views of the Manhattan Skyline, coupled with the greenery of surrounding trees, this bright fifth-floor one bedroom offers a spacious living room with an adjacent windowed kitchen, a gracious bedroom with a newly renovated en-suite bath, and ample closets with custom built-ins. The kitchen has ample counter space, light colored cabinets and is complete with a dishwasher. Electricity included in the maintenance. See floor plan and full details here.

The Bronx
Spuyten-Duyvil-01 Spuyten Duyvil via Halstead
In the present day, Spuyten Duyvil offers the best of both worlds with peaceful waterfront homes within commuting distance of Midtown Manhattan. But in its early days, the creek's turbulent currents and deaths of people trying to swim it inspired its Dutch name, which can be pronounced to mean either "the devil's whirlpool" or "to spite the devil."

555-Kappock-Street-01 River Point Towers, #26D (Douglas Elliman)
From the listing:
Rare opportunity to purchase this corner, top floor 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom terrace apartment. This move-in condition apartment has a large living and dining area, terrace and a wall of windows. Updated kitchen and baths, beautiful parquet floors and abundance of closets. Maintenance includes central heat and air conditioning, gas, electric, basic cable and Internet, pool, water and sewer, and real estate taxes. See floor plan and full details here.

Mott Haven Bronx Mott Haven circa 2022 (CityRealty)
Following recent rezonings, the Mott Haven section is seeing new construction and attracting new attention in the Bronx. However, it was first set apart in 1828, when industrialist Jordan Mott purchased tracts of land from the Morris family (in whose honor Morrisania is named) to establish a foundry for his ironworks. Locals resented the intrusion of his industrial work on what was previously a peaceful and bucolic neighborhood.

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