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Stone Street Historic District. South William Street. Financial District - New York City.
Something I absolutely love about New York City is that tucked away between the towering monuments of modernity that populate the cityscape are streets that look as if they have been transported from another era and geographic location entirely. These streets are suspended in time like flies in amber.
This area is known as the Stone Street historic district in lower Manhattan. Bound by Stone Street, Pearl Street, and South William Streets and Mill Lane, it is a section that is unlike any of its surrounding blocks. This particular section is bound by South William street and 13-15 South William Street can be seen in this particular view. Around the block from this part of the area are other historic buildings and the Stone Street area ‘proper’.
In 1903, the architect C.P.H. Gilbert designed new street facades on the buildings in this section of South William Street (57 Stone Street on the other side). Gilbert’s neo-Dutch Renaissance architecture features structural details like stepped gables and strapwork and was a nod to the early settlement of Manhattan.
This area which dates back to the 1600s when New York City was first colonized by Dutch settlers was sadly destroyed by the Great Fire of 1835. The surrounding section of Stone Street was rebuilt with granite bases of post-and-lintel construction and upper-additions of brick which were specifically erected for importers and merchants.
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Stone Street. Financial District, Manhattan. This is the first paved street in New York City.
Stone Street, the narrow, cobblestone alley first developed by Dutch colonists in the 1600s, rests with unassuming charm among the concrete canyons of skyscrapers and multi-tier parking garages of the Financial District. With its two neat rows of picturesque, mostly low-rise brick buildings, dotted by zigzagging fire escapes and old-fashioned black lighting fixtures, the centuries-old pathway recalls the magic and ambience of nineteenth century New York.
It’s one of my favorite streets in the Financial District. It’s been a historic district since the mid 1990s.
Quote from here.