Sunday, August 09, 2009

Hudson Heights, Col Robert Magaw Place Between 181st and 183rd Streets

Sorry I mentioned Gus' Pickles. I didn't go because it got too late. I know, I always say that. You probably have one or two issues, too.

So I went to Washington Heights instead. I'm pleased with this walk in a map sense. I walked the section of Broadway that parallels Bennett Avenue and since they're very close to each other, the streets that connect them, which I also walked, are little bitty, so it kind of looks like a ladder. See? Broadway is that long street there without a name. You're supposed to know.

Mary Sargent © 2009 ………………….. click to enlarge

Although I went late afternoon (5 p.m.) when the light is supposed to be good, it wasn't. It was flat. The sky was white. So be it. This isn't a Woody Allen movie, this is real life.

But first, before Broadway, I got off the A train at 181st Street and walked up Col Robert Magaw Place (see map, other side of Bennett). Following are two shots from that quiet street.

Mary Sargent © 2009 …………………………………….. click to enlarge

Mary Sargent © 2009 ……….. click to enlarge

James Renner says Magaw was a Revolutionary War hero and that the street was named in his honor in the 1980's. Richard Rustin in a comment to that article begs to differ. He says it was Magaw Place in the 30's and he knows because he was there.

See map.

2 comments: said...

I am loving your blog. I am planning on continuing the tour of Manhattan when the course has ended. The pictures are wonderful, and the stories you tell of the pictures you take are great.

Anonymous said...

Magaw Place was in fact named after Robert Magaw from the American Revolution. The street was also named in the 1930's or before because my parents lived there & I was born there in 1945. Thanks for your photos