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Where Is St. John's?: Investigating Place Names in Lower Manhattan


View Of St. John'S Chapel, From The Park., Digital ID 801019, New York Public LibraryView of St. John's Chapel, from the ParkPlace names stick around even when the source of the name has long disappeared. One name like that in the Hudson Park neighborhood is St. John's.

St. John's still exists in the names St. John's Park, St. John's Lane, and St. John's Center, but St. John's Chapel was demolished almost 100 years ago. Sacrificed for the widening of Varick Street following the construction of the Holland Tunnel, St. John's Chapel was much grander than its name implies.

In future posts I'll write more about St. John's, including its connection to Hudson Park.

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