Roosevelt Street

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Roosevelt Street, in the New York City borough of Manhattan, was a street which existed from the colonial period to the early 1950s, running from Pearl Street at Park Row southeast to South Street.[1]

It is historically significant for its role in the New York draft riots and being the location of the New York (north) tower of the Brooklyn Bridge.

The draft riots which began on Roosevelt Street[2] were a violent protest against the draft which began in the third year of the Civil War.

The Roosevelt Street Ferry was displaced by the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and the street itself was eliminated by the construction of the public housing development called the Alfred E. Smith Houses. It ran parallel to James Street. [3] The western end of Roosevelt Street is now used by a rerouted Pearl Street, which is currently closed to most vehicular traffic.

The street was named after a Roosevelt who owned property in the area from the time of Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam. It was not named after either president of the United States with that name, Teddy Roosevelt or Franklin Roosevelt.[1]


Coordinates: 40°42′29″N 73°59′56″W / 40.708°N 73.999°W / 40.708; -73.999