BELOVED LANES around town

by Kevin Walsh

Since today  (2/14) is supposed to be the holiday of love, I’ll show you a few streets around town that honor it by name…


Valentine Avenue, Bronx

(Do I use Google Street View? You bet I do, and I enjoy it.) Valentine is the lengthiest of NYC’s ‘love lanes’, running from East Tremont Avenue north to East 204th Street in Fordham and Bedford Park. It was named for a former 19th Century landholding family, but perhaps coincidentally, it was once called Lovers’ Lane for part of its length.


Love Lane, Brooklyn

This short street runs east from Hicks Street to just past Henry Street, just north of Pierrepont in Brooklyn Heights. Apparently it once was a lovers’ lane. In the colonial era, it divided the estates of the Pierrepont and DeBevoise estates, and Sarah, one of the DeBevoise daughters, attracted gentlemen callers. According to Benardo and Weiss’ Brooklyn By Name, Sarah and her boyfriends used to inscribe their initials on a fence, called “love lines.”


Valentine Place, Queens

This dead-end street is off Cooper Avenue just west of 80th Street in Glendale, near the Atlas Mall. The reason for the name, which takes the place of 79th Street, is unknown, at least to me.


Valentine Place appears on maps as early as 1915. In fact, buildings along Cooper Avenue, then called Central, and Valentine Place were there long before the rest of the area was developed.


Lovingham Place, Queens

This short street runs for about a block between Baisley and Foch Boulevards in St. Albans in southeast Queens.


Lovelace Avenue, Staten Island

Perhaps epitomizing the tract house suburban atmosphere that came to southwest Staten Island after the opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Lovelace Avenue runs for 5 blocks between Leverett and Figurea Avenues a block east of Annadale Road, though it isn’t a through street and is interrupted by wooded areas in two locations. Name that car on the right!




NY2AZ February 14, 2013 - 11:06 am

1967 or 1968 Buick Electra 225

bill February 14, 2013 - 11:13 am

1969 Buick Electra 4 Dr Hardtop

bernie February 14, 2013 - 11:28 am

Buick Electra?

ron s February 14, 2013 - 2:43 pm

Your Staten Island example is the only time a street in NYC was named after a porn star.

Kevin Walsh February 15, 2013 - 9:38 am

Probably not, since it was on the maps before Deep Throat (1971) came out.

John February 14, 2013 - 11:17 pm

I just ‘love” Valentine Avenue in The Bronx. How do you save the images on Google Street Views ?

Kevin Walsh February 15, 2013 - 9:37 am

I have a llittle program called Grab that does screen shots, though I think all machines have the ability to do them.

Nash Drovya February 15, 2013 - 8:43 am

1968 Buick Electra 225 hardtop. Had a 1970 Buick LeSabre hardtop – inherited from my grandfather – beautiful car (in ’75, at least).

Red February 15, 2013 - 4:44 pm

A very easy way to grab a Google Earth image is go to the top and find the envelope icon. Click and send to your self.

Kevin, you continue to amaze me.

Kevin Walsh February 16, 2013 - 9:00 am

I don’t see it

Jeff B February 15, 2013 - 11:56 pm

Looks like a 1968 Buick Electra “Duece & A Quarter”

Paul Ruoso February 17, 2013 - 11:28 am

Geez! How many bodies fit in the trunk of a Buick?!

Mitch February 19, 2013 - 6:30 pm

My friend’s dad had a ’71 Electra 225. It could seat about 10 kids.

Ed February 14, 2015 - 1:29 pm

You don’t even have to bother with email to save the picture. When you have the image up on Google Earth click on the second icon from the right on the toolbar above the picture. That will let you save it to whatever location you wish.

Arlene K. Witt February 15, 2015 - 9:45 am

Lady Lovelace was Lord Byron’s daughter, a hellava mathematician and I’m happy to see her given more credit recently as contributing to bringing us the computer. Would love to think it’s named after her, but it seems unlikely.


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