New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Lanes, Lots and Streets
Seneca Village Landscape
The path on which you are standing roughly follows part of the main street through Seneca Village. A map from circa1838 identifies it as “Spring Street” because it led to a natural spring just south of here, likely the primary source for the village. A later map, from 1856, calls the same street “old Lane”, possibly to distinguish it from the grid of new streets and avenues that the city was still constructing based on the Commissioners’ Plan of 1811.
Although the street grid was represented on maps of Seneca Village. it had not been fully implemented on the ground this far north. By 1856, only 86th Street and Eighth Avenue were open. The street grid did impact the layout and development of the settlement, determining uniform building lots and property lines, which guided the location of buildings.
Erected by Central Park Conservancy. (Marker Number 2020.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1838.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Central Park, New York NY 10024, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Housing (within shouting distance of this marker); Summit Rock (within shouting distance of this marker); Irish Americans (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tanner’s Spring (about 300 feet away); All Angels’ Church (about 400 feet away); The Wilson House (about 400 feet away); Searching for Seneca Village (about 500 feet away); Livelihoods (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 26 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 25, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.