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