Recently approved city legislation will restore six historic street names in the center of Douglaston.
The amended map will change 240th Street to Prospect Avenue, 242nd Street to Hamilton Place, 243rd Street to Orient Avenue, 42nd Avenue to Poplar Street, 43rd Avenue to Pine Street and 44th Avenue to Church Street, officials said.
“Douglaston is one of the most unique neighborhoods in our city,” said Councilmember Dan Halloran, who introduced the bill. “Its history and heritage are well worth remembering. This bill pays homage to the neighborhood’s history by restoring street names to the way they were hundreds of years ago.”
According to Halloran, residents of Douglaston and local civic leaders have fought for decades to keep their historic street names, despite the city’s push to make most roads numerical.
“To walk the streets of Douglaston is to step back into our city’s rich history,” Halloran said. “Everything from the original cobblestone curbs to massive tree canopies reminds visitors of a much simpler time.”
The city council voted to pass the bill on March 15.
“At a miniscule cost to the city, this law preserves our community’s heritage and history,” Halloran said.
With additional reporting by Alexa Altman