FOR an unknown reason, New York City has been cagy about assigning a 200th Street. In Inwood, one of the main east-west streets is Dyckman, which runs from the Hudson River to where the Harlem River Drive becomes 10th Avenue. I have perused maps going back to the late 1800s when the street was built, and none of them list Dyckman as 200th Street…except the signage at the Dyckman Street station serving the IND A train. My guess is that this was a convention settled on. by the IND when they wanted to do numbered stations in Manhattan when at all possible, to give riders an idea where they were while riding.
In the Bronx, what would be 200th Street runs through the Bedford Park area and is duly called Bedford Park Boulevard, though I believe I have seen older maps calling it 200th Street, though I’d have to do some. ore research about that.
Queens is more merciful toward 200th Street. It exists in two pieces, one in northern Bayside and the other in Hollis south of 99th Avenue. Through Auburndale, what would be 200th Street is occupied by the multilane Francis Lewis Boulevard.
Brooklyn? Numbering stops at 108, and in Staten Island, numbering gets no higher than 10th Street in New Dorp.
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