Great Jones Street
The street was named for Samuel Jones, a lawyer who became known as "The Father of The New York Bar," due to his work on revising New York State's statutes in 1789 with Richard Varick, who also had a street named after him in SoHo. Jones was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1796 to 1799, and also served as the state's first Comptroller.
Jones deeded the site of the street to the city with the stipulation that any street that ran through the property had to be named for him. However, when the street was first created in 1789, the city already had a "Jones Street" in Greenwich Village, named for Dr. Gardner Jones, Samuel Jones' brother-in-law, The confusion between two streets with the same name was broken when Samuel Jones suggested that his street be called "Great Jones Street". An alternative theory suggests that the street was called "Great" because it was the wider of the two Jones Streets.
In popular culture
- Great Jones Street is the title of a novel by the American author Don DeLillo.
- Great Jones Street is the title of a song by the American band Luna, from their 1994 album Bewitched.
- According to UrbanDictionary.com, the verb "Jonesing", a word used to describe an intense craving for a drug, comes from Great Jones Street, a former junkie hangout.
- Jean-Michel Basquiat was found dead here on August 12, 1988.
- New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission; Postal, Matthew A. (ed. and text); Dolkart, Andrew S. (text). (2009) Guide to New York City Landmarks (4th ed.) New York:John Wiley and Sons. ISBN 978-0-470-28963-1 p.62
- Moscow, Henry. The Street Book: An Encyclopedia of Manhattan's Street Names and Their Origins. New York: Hagstrom, 1978. ISBN 0823212750, p.56
- Boland Jr. , Ed. "F.Y.I.", The New York Times, March 17, 2002. Accessed October 8, 2007. "In 1789 a street was opened there, but New York already had a Jones Street in Greenwich Village. So the new street was named Great Jones Street because it was wider than the norm."
- "A THOROUGHLY UNFAIR QUIZ ABOUT NEW YORK", The New York Times, August 10, 1985. Accessed October 8, 2007. "When neither man would yield the honor of having a street named for him, Samuel settled the issue--and one-upped his brother-in-law--by saying, Then make mine Great Jones Street."
- "Jonesin'" at UrbanDictionary.com
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