Catherine Lane is one of Manhattan’s “forgottenest”alleys. It’s still there — it runs between Broadway and Lafayette just north of Worth Street. However, it has been shrouded by a permanent construction canopy for the past 15 years and thus has been rendered impossible to see. I got this shot from Lafayette Street in 1999.
Catherine Lane is the southern border of the famed Broadway Clock Tower Building, which was built in 1898 (the same year Greater New York was created, uniting five boroughs) for the New York Life Insurance Company. The clock is a manual clock which needs winding every week! A plan by a developer to electrify the clock was thwarted in 2016.
Catherine Lane, Street and Slip are named for Catherine Rutgers, a member of the prominent Rutgers family who owned large swaths of territory in Revolutionary-era Manhattan.
Oddly, Catherine Lane is not quite parallel to neighboring Worth and Leonard Streets.
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