Thursday, July 04, 2013

The synagogue on the skyline of lower Manhattan, 1770

This is a map of the houses of worship and some other principle buildings in New York. #12 is "Jew's Synagogue." It refers to Shearith Israel, then in its Mill Lane location, which it occupied from 1730 to 1834.


  1. When I clicked on the "Mill Lane" link, I got a Google map of Mill Street in downtown Rochester, NY. There were barely any Europeans there in 1770, let alone Yidden. But give Google credit for trying. It did ask me if I meant other Mill Streets in Texas or Vermont.

  2. Hi. I'm currently looking for Moshe Tzvi Segal's commentary to Samuel (any of the editions work, but the later the better). I thought you might know where I may be able to access it online.

  3. I got the one in Elmwood Park, NJ. This link should work.

    Mill Lane

    One of the shortest streets in New York City, Mill Lane cannot claim an address or even a lamppost. The red awnings at the far end of the street belong to Delmonico’s Restaurant, which fronts an unusual triangle of streets: Beaver, William and South William. Delmonico’s has occupied the site since 1891.

    Mill Lane, between Stone and South William Streets,
    is one of over a dozen streets in the five boroughs named for
    now-vanished mills that used to dot the area. A former name of South
    William Street is Mill Street. It was first laid out in 1657. Mill Lane
    used to be known as Ellet’s or Elliott’s Alley until 1664.

    In 1628, a mill was built in Dutch New Amsterdam. Peter Stuyvesant ceded the colony to the British at the mill in 1664

  4. And the shul was actually on Mill Street, now South William.

  5. Come back please, we miss you!

  6. Missing you too! I've been meaning to thank you for ages and to say that I really enjoy your blog! Checking every other day for your return! :-)



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