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Numbered Streets in New England?

September 12, 2014

In a similar vein to a true “Main Street” in NYC [previous entry], it should be mentioned that while New York and most other cities will have extensive prominent inner city numbered street systems (Brooklyn has several systems: East, West, North, South, Bay, a few named after an area ⦅Paerdegat, etc.⦆ and plain ⦅no prefix⦆ streets and avenues (making up Borough Park). Queens was turned into one big street and avenue grid, with a smaller one prefixed “Beach”, in the Rockaways), New England and upstate New York generally do not.

Springfield has a tiny 1st and 2nd St. out in the outskirts. This is the way it is for most other New England cities. (like the reverse of the “Main St.” situation in NYC). Just beyond this is next town Chicopee’s tiny 1st and 2nd Ave which are perpendicular. Westfield has a tiny 1st St. that meets an A St. at a corner, in the outskirts.
New Haven has a 1st-6th St. in a small two block wide grid right where West River empties into the Sound. (The I95 runs right between 5th and 6th St. but you’d of course never know it).
Worcester has a little First-Fourth St. also on the outskirts.

South Boston and Telegraph Hill have a small numbered (and lettered) grid (E/W 1-9 St. and A-P Street) of medium length streets; the largest in the multistate region. The next place after that is East Providence, with 1st-10th St. Next after that is Stamford, which has fairly short 1st-8th north of downtown.

Hartford doesn’t seem to have any, so Google directs you to this tiny system in neighboring New Britain (short 1st-8th). Nearby Bristol also has a very small 1st-6th. For Bridgeport, it at first pointed to Fairfield (1 block 1st, 2nd and 3rd), and then Stratford (1st-6th Ave. on the Sound).

Now this was very wild.
Bridgeport does have its own little numbered system (3rd-6th St.) it missed for some reason, which is off of Seaview Avenue (again, a somewhat outerlying area), and just as I was appending all of this info, and looking at the map, just a mile up the same street, this huge, huge, HUGE fire was erupting, with mushroom clouds of flame, and showed up on the news right after I had finished looking at the maps and moved on.
So today, having heard the fire was on Seaview, and looking up and down that street for where exactly that was, I see the numbered streets, and find
I had passed by them twice on my NY-Springfield By Local bus trip (both the aborted first try and the second successful one), as the Coastal Link bus goes down Stratford Ave. Trying to remember remembering seeing a couple of numbered streets there. Seems a bit familiar now, with the fancy looking blue street signs.
The “warehouse” burning, which was up closer to US1/Boston Ave. consists of these one story buildings that on Street View look like they were already for the most part gutted, and surrounded by empty space, and empty trailer bins. Perhaps more had been added since the Street View was taken. It was said to be perfume tanks and drums and a roofing factory fueling that inferno.

S. Portland, ME has a short 2nd, 3rd and 6th St. Also, close by, A-F and Q Sts. (Nearby Peaks Island has a 1st and a tiny 3rd that meet at a corner, and a tiny 2nd St. on the other side of the island). Manchester, NH has just a tiny 1st Ave. on the outskirts.

The adjacent upstate New York fares a little better, but not much.
Albany has a 1st, 2nd and 3rd St. just north of downtown (they each run about two miles, though); and 1st 2nd, 3rd and 4th Avenue south of downtown (2nd Ave. is one mile long, and the others only a few blocks). Buffalo has a very incomplete numbered system (4th, 7th, 10th, 14th-19th, with everything between them named) in the tilted grid off to the northwest of downtown. I had stumbled across the 10th St. (where it enters the main grid as Johnson Park) in the little circuit I did in my sole visit to the city on the way back from Chicago via Canada.
Rochester has a 1st-8th St. that are mostly just two blocks and was very easy to miss on Google. Syracuse also had 1st-7th, which are near the NY State Fairgrounds, but this seems to be really out in a neigboring town (Solvay), but Google (both the map and the serach) considers it part of Syracuse.

In Westchester, the first county outside the city heading upstate, you might not usually think of numbered streets, but some are there in a few places.
Yonkers has just a 1st St. (of its own), near the Bronx River. It actually enters the Bronx as Vireo Ave. Right near where this street passes, Yonkers also manages to get the very tips of the city’s E241st and E242nd St., which enter and run into McLean Ave at an angle (And can be seen printed on the different Westchester street signs. 240th seems to end right at the border which is by that time on McLean as well).
Another Yonkers street a few blocks further up then becomes a realigned E241st when it crosses the river and enters the city in the section of Wakefield that pokes up into Westchester.
New Rochelle has somewhat small 1st-8th St. west of downtown; while Mt. Vernon, wedged inbetween the two larger cities, consists mostly of a numbered E/W street and S/N avenue grid. (Some of them cross the border into the city, instantly becoming Bronx streets, including the Wakefield E241st and 242nd). White Plains doesn’t seem to have any numbers at all.

Staten Island also has a small numbered system (1-9 Street) in New Dorp. and an even smaller 1-4 Ct. on the beachside near Annadale, and numbered avenues and lettered streets in the College of Staten Island. 5th St. was omitted in New Dorp (that’s where the train station plaza is), but Hagstrom shows one not too far from the beachside “courts”, as an extension of Allegro st. off Poillion Ave. into Blue Heron Park. In Google, there’s nothing there, but a tiny dead end right north of there, and in Street View, Allegro just ends there at a wooded section that looks like it may possibly once have been a street, while the other dead end looks like a driveway for some sort of house or church there.

The Bronx, while again continuing Manhattan’s number grid (with the crosstown streets, and Third Ave), also has two of its own little separate number grids; 1st through 12th Avenues; including a second 3rd Avenue, over near where the Main St. is., and 1st 2nd and 3rd St, with Avenues A-F, in Hunts Point on the Bronx River, away from the main numbered grid. (The main 3rd Ave. addresses start in the 2000’s, while the Throggs Neck one are under 100).

Newark looks like it doesn’t have numbers, but there is a sizable grid of streets and avenues to the west, away from Downtown. (There’s also the numbered system beginning in Jersey City right across the river from Manhattan, that almost line up. (like the Lincoln Tunnel goes out under W39th St., and on the NJ side, the highway leading to it, which has the same alignment even after the Helix, is between 30th and 31st St.)

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