by Kevin Walsh

THE country of Lebanon, wedged along the Mediterranean Sea between Israel and Syria, pops up here and there on New York city maps. There had been a Lebanon Terrace in Astoria Village before the Queens street numbering system was conceived, and an apartment building on 14th Place still has the name chiseled above the entrance. In Morris Park in the Bronx, Lebanon Street is a short two-clock street wedged between Devoe and Morris Park Avenues, slotted between East 179th and 180th Streets.

The late Bronx historian John McNamara surmised that Lebanon Street was named because the Devoe family on whose land it was laid out were religious and wanted it named for the country of Lebanon which is featured in Bible stories, or that a cedar of Lebanon had to be cut down to build the street back in the 1800s.

In any case, we’ll never know at this late date.

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John January 11, 2022 - 7:12 am

This has more bite than bark!

jack schwartz January 11, 2022 - 11:14 am

Decades ago the NYT had an article about the naming of Hennessy Place, a one block street in the West Bronx running from W. Burnside Avenue to W179 St. I grew up at 1901 Hennessy Pl.

therealguyfaux January 11, 2022 - 6:46 pm

Anything to do with Lebanon Hospital, founded in the late 19th C., I wonder?

Chris January 12, 2022 - 8:35 pm

I was born at the Bronx-Lebanon hospital at Mount Eden on the Grand Concourse in the early 60’s. Is there any tie-in with Lebanon street ? It isn’t that large a distance to Morris Park.

Mike January 16, 2022 - 2:39 am

Other countries commemorated in NYC streets ? Columbia, India and Holland come to mind.

Kevin Walsh January 16, 2022 - 5:42 pm

Interesting theme. I may do this.

Kevin Walsh January 16, 2022 - 5:43 pm

No Columbia; the country is “Colombia.”


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