Chambers Street (Manhattan)

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Coordinates: 40°42′55″N 74°00′31″W / 40.71528°N 74.00861°W / 40.71528; -74.00861

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), The Borough of Manhattan Community College, and Stuyvesant High School, to the Manhattan Municipal Building at 1 Centre Street in 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]

The M22 bus runs the enitre length of the street while the westbound M20 uses the street west of West Broadway.



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  2. ^ Berrian, William (1847). An Historical Sketch of Trinity Church, New York. New York: Stanford and Swords. pp. 94, 356. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  3. ^ "Bio: John Chambers". Markham of Chesterfield. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  4. ^ Tempey, Nathan (July 6, 2015). "NYC Doesn't Fly Confederate Flags, But It's Still A Shrine To Slaveowners & Slave Profiteers". Gothamist. Archived from the original on March 22, 2017. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  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 December 29, 2016.
  6. ^ "Will: John Chambers, 1764 New York". Markham of Chesterfield. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  7. ^ Stahr, Walter (2012). John Jay: Founding Father. Diversion Books. ISBN 9781938120510. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  8. ^ "new york architecture walks- tribeca". nyc-architecture. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  9. ^ "New Brooklyn Bridge Car Routes". The New York Times. July 6, 1971. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 18, 2020.
  10. ^ Goldberger, Paul (October 27, 1973). "New Police Building". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 18, 2020.
  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 July 31, 2020.
  13. ^ a b c d "Subway Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. September 2021. Retrieved September 17, 2021.

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