There have been many people who have come and gone around Stone Street in Lower Manhattan. On our Hamilton Happy Hour, we talk about a few notables like Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and George Washington.
But other less famous names include Francis Lovelace (he owned the tavern that functioned as the second City Hall and whose remnants you can still see thanks to an archaeological discovery), Amos Eno whose family helped rebuild the street decades following the Great Fire of 1835, and Peter Poulakakos who more recently opened a series of pubs and restaurants, like Ulysses, along this cobblestone street and helped bring office workers out on the street.
It's also where many local business men and women get lunch and New Yorkers come to hang out in the Financial District. It's a bit hidden so only the savviest of tourists discover it. but when they do they are transported to another time and another place.
Stone Street is a well-hidden landmarked street in Lower Manhattan. Once upon a time it was called Hoogh (High) Street and was home to the first commercial brewery in North America. We talk more about this when we discuss the history of beer making on our NYC Brewery Tour.
The reason the street got the name Stone Street was because in 1658 it became the first paved street in New Amsterdam (which later became New York). It was paved because the breweries lining the street needed to get horses close by to transport the beer but due to the water from beer making, the roads became very muddy and a paved road was the only way to transport the beer. The street got the name Stone Street in 1794, but most of the street and buildings were destroyed in a massive fire in 1835. In 1996, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission historically preserved the entire street, including the iconic cobblestones.
Today the street is closed to vehicle traffic and makes for a wonderful escape from the modern city. With low buildings, cool architecture, and some of the best European-style eateries and bars, it's a great place to stroll and soak up the city's history. In the winter, it's great to warm up in one of the local bars like The Growler or Vintry; in the fall you can come eat your way through the Stone Street Oyster Festival; and in the summer, tables and chairs line the streets and you can have lunch at places like Adrienne's Pizza Bar or coffee and pastries from the original Financier. Food, beer, and history - that's exactly how we like it.
Historic Stone Street
(from Broad Street to Hanover Square)
New York, NY 10004