Today I’ve got an article in Curbed NY on a topic near and dear to my heart: the shifting neighborhood boundaries in the city. For my first entry into what I hope will be a regular feature called Blurred Lines, I tackle the history of Greenwood Heights.
I had long dismissed this as a real-estate contrivance, like every other neighborhood name out there, but was surprised to discover the name existed as early as the 1840s, just after Green-Wood Cemetery’s opening.
That photo was easy to find – just type “Greenwood Heights” in a search box! – but the rest was a challenge. It was fun to delve through old microfilm to find a few of these references, and I’ll probably put up another post with some of my favorite finds. (Here’s the first.)
Anyway, enjoy some of the snippets I found from the past 200 years.