Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the History of the Gansevoort Market


Courtesy of 6sqft, here’s an excellent, detailed history of the Gansevoort Market, focusing on Gansevoort Street, the very street that would be destroyed by Aurora Capital’s massive proposed development. Just a small taste:

“Gansevoort Street has a pretty interesting history itself. It was originally an Indian footpath to the river, following the same route it has today. In the 18th and 19th centuries it was known variously as Old Kill, Great Kill and Great Kiln road. A kiln—pronounced at the time and in some quarters still with a silent “n”—was an oven or furnace, which in this case burned oyster shells to reduce them to mortar, an essential ingredient for the bricks-and-mortar building trade.”

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