Fun Facts about the Neighborhood

  • Audubon Street was likely named after John James Audubon (1785-1851) – a French-American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter.
  • Beverly Street was formerly named Bacon Street and was likely named after Francis Bacon (1561-1626) an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, layer, jurist, author and pioneer of the scientific method.
  • Calumet Street (along with East Blvd.) are the widest streets in the neighborhood because it had been planned to lead to a pedestrian bridge over the Erie Canal and into Cobbs Hill Park.  Calumet is also the Indian name for peace pipe.
  • Darwin Street was likely named after Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882) – an English naturalist.
  • Ericsson Street was likely named after Leif Ericson (970-1020) – a Norse explorer regarded as the first European to land in North America nearly 500 years before Christopher Columbus.
  • Faraday Street was likely named after Michael Faraday (1791-1867) – an English chemist and physicist who contributed to the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry.
  • Girard Street was likely named after Stephen Girard (1750-1831) – a French-born, naturalized American, philanthropist and banker.
  • Homer Street was likely named after Homer – the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, and revered as the greatest ancient Greek epic poet.
  • Harvard Street, laid out in 1870, was named for a developer’s brother-in-law, not for the Ivy Leave University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Notable ABC Streets neighbors included the legendary dentist to George Eastman, who was known to walk his pet cheetah around the neighborhood on a leash in the early 20th century.
  • Park Avenue (near Vic Park A and B) at one time was a racetrack.
  • The location of the 490 overpass at the end of Harvard Street, at one time, was a train station for the Rochester Trolley system

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