Bronx and Brooklyn: Women’s Street Names

It took me awhile, but I found some street names in Bronx and Brooklyn that honor women. I found this info from a lot of different websites and books.

Cooper Street, Brooklyn: Bushwick resident Hannah Cooper once owned the land through which this street was cut.

barretto.jpgCoster Street, Bronx: Named for Julia Coster who was married to Francis J. Barretto, a 19th Century merchant who lived in the area. The street named for him, Barretto Street, is only 2 blocks away from his wife’s street. FYI: Barretto Street is often thought to be named for Ray Barretto, a famous Puerto Rican musician, but alas, no.

Leland Avenue, Bronx: This street was named after Aaron and Submit Leland who were early settlers of the area. Wait, Mrs Leland was called Submit? Submit?? That was a person’s name??? Oh dear, this is why we need a National Women’s History Month.

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Love Lane, Brooklyn: Local rumor says it was named because of the many admirers of Miss Sarah DeBevoise, who lived here with her uncles Robert and John.

Montague Street, Brooklyn: Lady Mary Wortley Montague (1689-1762) was a cousin of the Pierrepont family, through whose property this street was cut. Lady Montague is perhaps best remembered for bringing the concept of inoculation against smallpox to the attention of the British public. theadamses.jpgDid you see the first episode of HBO’s mini-series John Adams? There was a scene where a doctor goes around Boston offering smallpox inoculations and Abigail Adams is the parent who had to decide whether to dare to risk hers and her children’s lives to the mysterious inoculation (John was away, as usual). Back then, in the mid-1700s, inoculation was done with a knife cutting into skin and no anesthesia. Eww, life was awfully tough through most of human history.

Mother Gaston Boulevard, Brooklyn: Rosetta Mother Gaston (1885 – 1981) was a community activist. She founded Heritage House, located on the third floor of the Stone Avenue Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library in Brownsville.

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