07.Oct.2017 Amanda Lane

Amanda Lane is sandwiched between Pine Brook Boulevard and the point where Oxford Road turns sharply north and becomes Sussex Road.  I had originally hypothesized that the street was named after the daughter of one of the original owners.  I was wrong.  Thanks to the helpful recollections of one of the original owners, Dennis Orzo, I learned that the street was named after the developers’ granddaughter.

2013 Aerial Map

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16.Sep.2017 Alpine Road

The suffix, “-ine,” is used to denote “of or pertaining to” or “of the nature of.”  Thus, “-ine” attached to “Alps” would mean “Alp-like.”  The Alps are, of course, the European mountain range.  There are a few guesses as to the etymology of the name, “Alps.” One is that it derives from the pre-Indo-European word, “alb,” which means “hill.”  Compare favorably “Albany,” and “Albania.”  Others suggest that “alb” derives from the Latin, “albus.”  In any event, “alpine” usually means, pertaining to high mountains generally.

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04.Sep.2017 Alpha Place

Alpha Place is named after Alpha S. Harman, an employee of New Rochelle Public Schools.  Her father, Charles Harman — no apparent relation to mega-developer Clifford B. Harmon (last name with an “O”) — was the developer of the site.

1910 Westchester Atlas

Alpha is also the first letter if the Greek alphabet.  Interestingly, the article on Alpha Place in the Standard Star (2/5/1934) does not mention Alpha Harman at all, instead providing a detailed rumination on the letter alpha as the first letter of the Greek alphabet.  “Perhaps it would not be stretching the meaning of the word Alpha too far to refer to Alpha Place as “First Place.”  The Standard Star does, however, identify Alpha Harman as the namesake of Alpha Place elsewhere — in the entry for Acacia Terrace — making this researcher’s job a little easier.

Entry for Acacia Terrace is incorporated by reference.  As discussed in that entry, Alpha Place sits on land that was once part of eccentric attorney David Harrison’s estate.  Thaddeus Davids’ son Charles  purchased the land in the 1870s but it was acquired by Theodore and Charlotte Jenkins after Charles Davids untimely passing.  The Jenkins called their homestead, Acacia, apparently for the presence of Acacia trees on the property. The land was purchased by Harman and his business partner Charles LeCount in 1902 and Alpha Place appeared on the map by 1911.

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30.Aug.2017 Allard Avenue

 

Allard Avenue is a short thoroughfare running parallel to Drake Avenue, connecting Main Street and John Street.  It is likely named after William or Ann Allard, Irish immigrants who were early residents.  In the earliest iteration of the street, it simply was a dead end, but eventually it connected to John Street (which at the time was a dead end with its entrance at Weyman Avenue).

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24.Aug.2017 Alfred Lane

This one has been giving me fits.  I’ll be up-front: I’m not 100% sure I know who Alfred Lane is named after.  My best guess is that he’s named after the brother (Joseph Alphonse Lamonte) of the development’s builder (Charles Lamonte).  But any confirmation that Joseph Alponse Lamonte used “Alfred” as his middle name — or any other leads — would be appreciated.

The land occupied by Alfred Lane was a part  of Watson B. Dickerman’s massive Hillanddale Farm located off Quaker Ridge Road.  Dickerman was a wealthy Wall Street businessman.  He was president of both the New York Stock Exchange as well as the New York Zoological Society.  He retired from business to focus on breeding horses for harness racing (“trotters”) and Guernsey cows in 1909.  At Hillanddale,  Dickerman established a first-rate horse breeding operation and Dickerman was inducted to the Harness Racing Hall of Fame as “immortal”in 1976.

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15.Jul.2017 Alden Court

Alden Court is in the Wilmot Woods neighborhood of New Rochelle.  It is named after John Alden, signatory of the Mayflower Compact, early colonist, and major figure in Longfellow’s Courtship of Miles Standish.  There is no discernible connection between Alden and Westchester, despite the profusion of streets named after him here.  The name appears purely symbolic.

It is not entirely clear whether Alden Court was built on land that once occupied the northernmost arm of Jonathan Carpenter’s farm or the southernmost portion of the Robbins farm (see Abingdon Lane post).  The Carpenters were one of many Quakers who settled in the north end of New Rochelle, near the Scarsdale and Mamaroneck borders.  Along with a farm, he operated a saw mill on the upper Sheldrake River, which had been previously dammed to create a pond.  It is still a pond, and also a park (Carpenter’s Pond).

It is difficult to say where Alden Lane would fall on this map, although I suspect it is on Carpenter land

Either way, the land appears to have been acquired by the textile merchant WG Hitchcock as a part of Hitchcock’s effort to amass land in Westchester.  After Hitchcock’s empire suddenly faltered, his holdings were transferred to Scarsdale Estates for disposal.  The parcel just south of Wilmot Road was acquired by the NY and Westchester Townsite Corp, a land speculation concern looking to profit from the nearby NY and Westchester.  The land continued to change hands between a series of real estate concerns during the 1920s and 1930s without any development.

Eventually the land was acquired by Haring and Blumenthal, a long-standing and successful partnership between Charles F. Haring and Louis F. Blumenthal.  The pair started in the theatre business and owned a string of theaters in New York and New Jersey.  In the early 1930s, they purchased and refurbished the Earl Carroll Theatre at 50th Street and 7th Avenue, and opened it as the French Casino, a large and glamorous art deco nightclub that hosted folies and musical reviews.  The duo also were prolific land developers in the Bronx and Westchester.

Wilmot Woods was styled as a “small Colonial Village.”  All of the streets have colonial themed names and according to the charter, only colonial houses were allowed.

“S.R.O.” apparently stands for “Standing Room Only.”

Advertisements touted “a restricted community of congenial neighbors” — we all know what that means.  The neighborhood appears to have been built in two parts, with the area east of Baraud Road developed first, followed by the area west of Baraud Road, which included Alden Court.

1947 Aerial Map

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01.Jul.2017 Albert Place

Albert Place is located between Mayflower Avenue on the north and Coligni on the south, just before Coligni swoops north to meet Mayflower.  It is named after Albert James Girard.  His parents, Dominick and Mary, owned the land that eventually was developed into Albert Place.

1929 Westchester Atlas

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11.Jun.2017 Albert Leonard Road

Albert Leonard Road is named after Albert Leonard.   It would be wild indeed — but not inconceivable — if this were not to be the case.  For example, it could have been named after two people — one named Albert and one named Leonard.  Let’s say that Leonard brand water valves include a special type of valve called an “Albert,” after an inventor named Albert (this is entirely hypothetical, although Leonard brand water valves exist). All of these are possible.  But in this world, Albert Leonard Road refers to a person, namely the Superintendent of New Rochelle Public Schools between 1907 and 1931.

Albert Leonard, around 1900

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29.Apr.2017 Albemarle Avenue

Albemarle Avenue is a street in the far southern end of Rochelle Heights – that part along its hem that drags against the sound walls of I-95.  But more on that later.  The word, “Albemarle,” itself refers to a town in Normandy named, “Aumale” – or more precisely, the Latin name of that town, “Alba Marl” (or “white marl,” a type of soil).  The lines of British peerage, such as the Duke of Albemarle and the Earl of Albemarle, are more widely known.

Coat of Arms for the Earl of Albemarle, as featured on a menu for the Albemarle Hotel

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25.Mar.2017 Agar Avenue

Agar Avenue is a Street in the Premium Point Park neighborhood of New Rochelle, near the border of Larchmont, south of Post Road. It winds down a hillside to meet the northeasternmost reach of Echo Bay — one of those fingers of the Sound that the moon renders mostly mud and rivulets for a lot of the day.  Not surprisingly, Agar Avenue was originally given the index, Hillside Ave.  It was renamed to honor John Giraud Agar, a distinguished lawyer, whose opulent residence Fair Oaks had been located nearby.

Agar’s Fair Oaks (not located on Agar Avenue)

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