3. Two Famous New York Streets Originated at Gramercy Park
In 1832, Samuel Ruggles received the green light from the city to create two new streets on the sides of Gramercy Park. The first street, Irving Place, was named after a renowned American writer, Washington Irving. It officially opened in 1831 at 20th Street, stretching down all the way to 14th. Lexington Avenue, which runs from East 20th Street to East 131st Street, debuted a few years later in 1836, only to become one of the most well-known streets in the city.