Forgotten NY recently posted an interesting historical post detailing why 200th Street, and many of its surrounding digit-based street names, do not exist on the Manhattan grid in the neighborhood of Inwood.
Interestingly, there is one place, and one place only, where the 200th Street name is used in Manhattan—at the Dyckman-200th Street A train subway station.
Presently, Manhattan numbered streets skip from West 196th to West 201st, and both of those streets go for one block or less. Manhattan has never had a 200th Street. But…there’s always a but… When the 8th avenue IND Subway reached Dyckman Street on September 10th, 1932, the first Independent subway line to open, the contractors saw fit to subname Dyckman as 200th Street. Perhaps there was a surplus of tiles sed for the station ID plaques, and they had to do something with them. Nowhere else in Manhattan is Dyckman Street called 200th Street.
Check out the full article to learn more about the history of the Manhattan grid in Inwood.
via Forgotten NY
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