Vesey Street

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The Old New York Evening Post Building
Looking east from the Irish Hunger Memorial, with 3 World Financial Center on the right, and St. Paul's Chapel and 222 Broadway in the distance

Vesey Street (/ˈvzi/ VEE-zee)[1] is a street in New York City that runs east-west in Lower Manhattan. The street is named after Rev. William Vesey (1674–1746), the first rector of nearby Trinity Church.[2]


The intersection of Vesey and West Streets was the site of the Washington Market, the city's main produce market. Established in 1812, its location near the docks facilitated the movement of goods.[3]

Prior to the construction of the World Trade Center it ran as a continuous street from Broadway to the Hudson River. As of 2013, it is still a continuous street, but it has four discontinuous segments with mixed uses:

The eastern extension of the street at Broadway is Ann Street.


Designed by Robert D. Kohn in the Art Nouveau style, the Old New York Evening Post Building at 20 Vesey Street was completed in 1907.[4] It was designated as a New York City landmark in 1965[5] and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.[6]

The Barclay–Vesey Building occupies the entire block bounded by West Street to the west, Barclay Street to the north, Vesey Street to the south, and Washington Street to the east. Built in 1923, it served as the corporate headquarters of New York Telephone Company (NYTel).[3] Verizon maintains a presence at this location, although its headquarters is now in Midtown. The Art Deco building was designated as a New York City landmark in 1991[5] and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.[7]

Adjacent to Vesey Street is St. Paul's Chapel, the Church Street Station Post Office, and the World Trade Center. The street next to the World Trade Center was closed to pedestrians after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and has not yet been reopened to vehicular traffic. A structure left standing after the collapse of the adjacent buildings is known as the Survivors' Staircase which has been preserved and can be viewed in the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The World Trade Center PATH station is accessible from the street at the World Trade Center site.

Just past the western end of the street is the Irish Hunger Memorial. This end of the street is in the northern part of Battery Park City.

Vesey Street was the birthplace of The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, the retail group more commonly known as "A&P."


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  1. ^ "Vesey". Dictionary. Retrieved 2014-05-20.
  2. ^ Feirstein, Sanna (2001). Naming New York: Manhattan Places & How They Got Their Names. New York: New York University Press. p. 30. ISBN 978-0-8147-2712-6.
  3. ^ a b "Barclay-Vesey Building", Landmarks Preservation Commission, October 1, 1991
  4. ^ Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Barbaralee (2011). The Landmarks of New York (5th ed.). Albany, New York: State University of New York Press. p. 283. ISBN 978-1-4384-3769-9.
  5. ^ a b New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission; Dolkart, Andrew S.; Postal, Matthew A. (2009). Postal, Matthew A. (ed.). Guide to New York City Landmarks (4th ed.). New York: John Wiley & Sons. p. 24. ISBN 978-0-470-28963-1.
  6. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  7. ^ "National Register of Historic Places 2009 Weekly Lists" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service. 2009. p. 127. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 28, 2019. Retrieved March 8, 2020.

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