12. Beach Street, Tribeca

Beach Street in Tribeca is another hotspot for luxury real estate development, with the added bonus of Belgian block streets and handsome original architecture. Its name has nothing to do with waterfront however, and is thought to be a corruption of the name Paul Bache, a son-in-law of Anthony Lispenard Beach Street, created in the 18th century, was the first street either on or adjacent to Lispenard’s farm. The phrase Lispenard Swamp may sound familiar, and that’s because this area used to be swampland.