6. Stuyvesant Street Remained Despite Efforts To Eradicate It

Commissioner's Plan 1811-Map-NYC-Library of Congress-022

The red lines represent existing roads on the Stuyvesant property, that connected the various homesteads. Petrus Stuyvesant III, the Governor Peter Stuyvesant’s great-great grandson, laid out his own street-grid system in the area in the years after 1788. His grid was aligned by magnetic north.

Stuyvesant Street managed to escape destruction because at the time, it was a well-established and highly-trafficked thoroughfare. Also given Stuyvesant’s legacy in the city, it was deemed a fair concession to the otherwise predominant street-grid system. To this day, this street is the only truly compass-tested east-west one in Manhattan.