Chambers Street (Manhattan)

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Coordinates: 40°42′55″N 74°00′31″W / 40.7153°N 74.0086°W / 40.7153; -74.0086

View eastward of Chambers Street toward Manhattan Municipal Building.

Chambers Street is a two-way street in the New York City borough of Manhattan. It runs from River Terrace, Battery Park City, in the west, past PS 234 (the Independence School) and Stuyvesant High School to 1 Centre Street, the Manhattan Municipal Building, to the east. Between Broadway and Centre Street, Chambers Street forms the northern boundary of the grounds surrounding New York City Hall and the Tweed Courthouse. Opposite the Tweed Courthouse sits the Surrogate's Courthouse for Manhattan. 280 Broadway the Marble Palace, lies west of there, on the north side of Chambers.


Chambers Street is named for attorney John Chambers (1710–1764), an important parishioner at Trinity Church in Manhattan, where he was vestryman (1726–1757) and warden (1757–1765) of the church for 38 years, son of William Chambers, and husband of Anna Van Cortlandt.[1][2][3][4][5] Chambers's nephew was John Jay.[6][7] John Murray, Chambers' law partner, has nearby Murray Street named after him.[8]

Before 1971, Chambers Street continued east of Centre Street as a street called New Chambers Street, which ran through the Municipal Building's archway. In its final configuration, New Chambers Street carried traffic westbound from the intersection of Park Row, the Brooklyn Bridge off-ramp, and Duane Street. In 1971, the street was closed to make way for the construction of the pedestrian plaza at 1 Police Plaza.[9] Duane Street was also closed and the intersection with Park Row was eliminated, with Park Row rerouted underneath the pedestrian plaza.[10]

Beginning in 2010, Chambers Street was fully reconstructed.[11] The rebuilding was finished in 2015.[12]


The New York City Subway has three stations on Chambers Street:[13]



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  5. ^ A History of the parish of Trinity Church in the City of New York. Morgan Dir, S.U.D., D.C.R. 1906. p. 576. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
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  9. ^ "New Brooklyn Bridge Car Routes". The New York Times. 1971-07-06. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  10. ^ Goldberger, Paul (1973-10-27). "New Police Building". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  11. ^ Lower Manhattan : Chambers Street Reconstruction Archived January 5, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Finally, the Road Is Ending for Chambers Street Construction". Tribeca Trib Online. February 20, 2015. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  13. ^ a b c d "Subway Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. October 21, 2019. Retrieved January 18, 2018.

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