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Re: Weirdest Street Names in JC?
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bump the old thread:

* aetna street (if you'd seen it, you'd agree it's weird)
* paterson plank road (no planks lately)
* long street (very short)
* beach street (no beach)

and of course:

* pavonia avenue, because it's hardly an avenue, is nowadays broken into 7 or 8 pieces, is a latinized transliteration of the name of an unsuccesful Dutch colonist (Pauw), and that name Pauw meant "peacock," which is as beautiful and un-JC like a bird as I could imagine, except perhaps the bird of paradise... which, like the peacock and tens of thousands of JC residents... has its ancestral home in south and/or east asia

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People seem to have managed in Manhatten where both the streets and avenues are numbered and cross one another!

Where's "Manhatten"?


near Mammoth street

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way off topic, but arthur kill road in staten island is not very reassuring when you're going to the dentist in si. shades of death road in allamunchy is another one that puts the mind at ease when you're lost at 3am....

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I can't belive no one said it. "Erie street"!

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Ansky,

This "Mr. Manila" guy is also known as the capital of the Philippines - take a walk down the street and you'll see a lot of Filipinos living on this street as well as throughout JC.

Duh.


Yes I know Manila is the capital of the Phillipines. And I LIVE on Manila and don't see any Filipinos around here.


Ansky, you might need a seeing eye dog!

Manilla is crawling with Filipinos and Filipino Americans, since so many own those houses from 6th street down and particularly when they have the Filipino Festival on Manilla every year.

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Dumbest in New York City is the proximity of GREENWICH AVENUE and GREENWICH STREET...I'm sure MANY people have wandered around the wrong one looking for a restaurant.


That's not nearly as bad as the intersection of Waverly Pl and Waverly Pl: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=waverly+pl,+ny&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=38.963048,93.164063&ie=UTF8&ll=40.733448,-74.000985&spn=0.00114,0.002843&t=h&z=19

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People seem to have managed in Manhatten where both the streets and avenues are numbered and cross one another!

Where's "Manhatten"?


Its a place that exists before 8 in the morning.

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People seem to have managed in Manhatten where both the streets and avenues are numbered and cross one another!

Where's "Manhatten"?

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But seriously... I'd go with Grove/Manila/Grove... makes it hard to give directions to the store... same with 1&9/139/Observer Hwy/etc.

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3rd St.

Cracks me up every time I walk or drive by. I start going into Beavis and Butthead mode: "Heh-heh....you said '3rd St.'"

Oh, mercy.

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ansky, when we rented at Manila & 9th from 2001-2003, more than half of that group of townhouses between 9th and Pavonia were owned and/or occupied by Filipinos. My wife (a filipina) was kinda annoyed by this fact.

I think all of those large and rather gross houses on the west side of Manila from 1st to Pavonia were originally made available to Filipinos as part of the "sister city" program that also resulted in the change of the street name. Though some have changed hands in the interim, just by walking by I'd guess that 1/4 to 1/3 are still Filipino-occupied.

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I LIVE on Manila and don't see any Filipinos around here.


In the late 70's early 80's, part of Grove was renamed to honor or acknowledge the growing and vibrant Filipino community. I was pretty young but remember other groups that had a longer history in Jersey City being very upset because it was considered a political move to garner support among Filipinos.

A few years later, Marin Boulevard was named to acknowledge the Puerto Rican community in the downtown section.

Not many people know that Christopher Columbus Drive used to be Railroad Avenue before the railroad trestle was torn down in the early 1960's.

Perhaps Grove should have been subtitled with "Manila Avenue" to prevent confusion like 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas). Rather than renaming Newark Avenue, there are signs acknowledging "little India," the vibrant Indian business area.

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OH YEAH, weirdest street names: DICK Street behind Number 11 School and WALDO Avenue (named after Samuel Waldo - prominent JC resident in the 1860's)... I suppose Waldo was cool a hundred forty years ago.

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My vote for worst street name in Jersey City goes to LUIS MUNOZ MARIN BOULEVARD...9 syllables is WAY too much for ANY street...especially one that keeps changing its name back to HENDERSON STREET every couple blocks.


Tough call. This is an egreious one, maps say Luis Munoz Marin, but signs say Marin.

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Dumbest in New York City is the proximity of GREENWICH AVENUE and GREENWICH STREET...I'm sure MANY people have wandered around the wrong one looking for a restaurant.


Many indeed, including native New Yorkers.

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My vote for worst street name in Jersey City goes to LUIS MUNOZ MARIN BOULEVARD...9 syllables is WAY too much for ANY street...especially one that keeps changing its name back to HENDERSON STREET every couple blocks.

Dumbest in New York City is the proximity of GREENWICH AVENUE and GREENWICH STREET...I'm sure MANY people have wandered around the wrong one looking for a restaurant.


Where have you seen street signs in Jersey City that say "Henderson Street"? I'd love to take a picture of one, for posterity!

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My vote for worst street name in Jersey City goes to LUIS MUNOZ MARIN BOULEVARD...9 syllables is WAY too much for ANY street...especially one that keeps changing its name back to HENDERSON STREET every couple blocks.

Dumbest in New York City is the proximity of GREENWICH AVENUE and GREENWICH STREET...I'm sure MANY people have wandered around the wrong one looking for a restaurant.

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And have you noticed the Filipino Day Parade there?


Correction: Philippine-American Friendship Day Parade,
although the parade proper goes down Montgomery.
Maybe thats where all of the Filipinos have gone.

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Van Reipen Avenue and Van Reypen Street.
They are pronounced the same way and are in close proximity of each other. I'm sure there is a ton of mix-up.



Is this mix-up a Jersey thing?

People seem to have managed in Manhatten where both the streets and avenues are numbered and cross one another!
Not to forget Queens where there is a 60th Road, 60th Drive, 60th Avenue, 60th Street and 60th Place; an example not limited to the number 60.

And some cross each other. And some are discontinuous; stopping and starting a good distance apart.

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I LIVE on Manila and don't see any Filipinos around here.


?? How is that possible?

And have you noticed the Filipino Day Parade there?

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I just recently learned that Communipaw is the old Lenape Indian trail to the Hudson River, predates the Dutch. (please correct me if I got this wrong- there were signs all over neighborhood a few months back with really interesting historical info)

In addition to the Stegman's, the next block over is Wegman......


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Dick Street. Behind the Jersey Journal Bldg.


I'll second that one. It always sounded so cruisey. I'd be embarrassed to give anyone my address if I lived there.

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I just recently learned that Communipaw is the old Lenape Indian trail to the Hudson River, predates the Dutch. (please correct me if I got this wrong- there were signs all over neighborhood a few months back with really interesting historical info)

In addition to the Stegman's, the next block over is Wegman......

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Another pronunciation giveaway is Pavonia (puh VOH nya) often mispronounced by newcomers like the shrub or the Ohio city (puh VOH nee uh). When I was a newcomer, my uncle schooled me on this one so I wouldn't embarrass myself in public.

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Sip Avenue. Take a sip!!

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Ege Avenue baby!

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As soon as I saw the subject name, I thought VROOM!

I grew up in central Jersey, and the news always said suh-caucus. When I moved up here, people made fun of how I said it wrong. Going to the source, I've been to Secaucus Municipal Court, and they say see-caucus, so I figure if that's how they say it, then that's what is right.

Now, the other street I didn't know how to pronounce when I moved up here was Tonnelle. I thought it was Tuh-nell. But I've heard enough people say tunnel-ee now, that I guess that's the answer.

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I always pronounced it SEA caucus....
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is it sea-caucus or sehcawkus? i swear it's the first, but my gf always makes fun of me and says it's the 2nd way

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