Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Washington Heights, St. Nicholas Avenue Between 193rd and 192nd Streets


Mary Sargent © 2008 …………………………………….. click to enlarge

St. Nicholas Avenue is named for – NOT Santa Claus. It's named for New Amsterdam's patron saint. The saint was the figurehead of New Netherland, the ship that brought the first colonists. (This information is from The Street Book by Henry Moscow.) It wasn't clear whether St. Nicholas became their patron saint before or after he was the figurehead of their ship. Also I'm not sure how it is decided who is your patron saint.

See map.

1 comment:

Rool said...

I love the dusty colors (or is it dusty light?), and how only the street sign on the right and part of the structure on the left contain any brightness. Like the moodyness and timeless quality.