Sometimes, you don’t find something Forgotten — it has to find you. I was idly making my way through Facebook late tonight and I saw this enamel mid-20th Century sign that used to be at Amsterdam Avenue and a certain Croton Street.
I had never heard of it.
A quick trip to oldstreets.com filled me in that it was the old name of West 165th Street on the north side of McKenna Square, between Amsterdam and Audubon.
See, West 165th splits into two between those two Avenues, with the center known as McKenna Square after a local soldier who perished in World War I. Croton Street was apparently the West 165th on the left side of this picture from Google Street View.
I have “Little Red Book” type Manhattan street guides from 1916 and 1941, and Croton Street is in neither, so it’s sort of a mystery street.
So, Manhattan doesn’t have any streets named for the Croton Aqueduct or Reservoir at present. The Bronx has Crotona Avenue, Crotona Parkway and Aqueduct Avenue.
Queens has some aqueduct-themed roads: North and South Conduit Avenues. Brooklyn has Conduit Boulevard and Force Tube Avenue. All those roads originated with the presence of Ridgewood Reservoir in Highland Park.