Why Are the Streets in Lower Manhattan and Greenwich Village Not on the Grid Pattern, and Why is Broadway on an Angle?

Lower Manhattan and West Village streets reflect the original paths that formed as the early Dutch settlers traveled to the company store. John Randel, Jr.'s grid plan for the rest of the island (1807) reflected the city commissioner's opinion that straight-sided and right angled houses were inexpensive to build and convenient to live in. Broadway runs on a diagonal because it originally followed the Indian Wickquasgeck Trail.

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