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Old 04-11-2012, 03:38 PM
 
Location: London, NYC, DC
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Down in the Village just south of 14th ST there is Gansevoort St. I've heard it pronounced
GANSfort
ganSEEvert
GAINSfort

Anybody know how to really say it? I presume its from the Dutch, but my knowldege of 17th centruy Dutch is a bit rusty.
It's "gan-zuh-vort" with stress on the first syllable.
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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anyone know? i assume it would rhyme with pay gRoSS uh with a very french sounding R and very sibilant SS (both underlined) and the "uh" kind of soft
In French it would be De(h)-Bruhss with a French-sounding R as you said.
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY born & raised!
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im from brooklyn saw some of the names on the thread figured id add in i hate when i hear hipster kids from mid west say **** wrong (i hate hipsters ruining our neighborhoods sorry) how we say it in ny might not be actually how its supose to be like Kosciuszko we say kah zee ah sko but its a polish name so its really something like kah shu sko
names i seen that i know:
Kosciuszko- kah zee ah sko
Schermerhorn- scim a horn
Joralemon- ja rahl a min
Boerum Hil- bore um hill
Utica- you ti ca
Schenectady- sca neck ta dee
MacDonough- mic dun a
Originally from Brooklyn and I pronounce these streets the same way also.

Mainly because of the train announcers also.
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:47 AM
 
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In French it would be De(h)-Bruhss with a French-sounding R as you said.
thank you
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:51 AM
 
Location: where people are either too stupid to leave or too stuck to move
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when my cousin first moved to nyc he was looking for GRAHAM(pronounced GRAM to him because our uncle is name Graham) Ave he passed it up several times because people kept calling it GRA-HAM .. lol
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:36 AM
 
Location: London, NYC, DC
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when my cousin first moved to nyc he was looking for GRAHAM(pronounced GRAM to him because our uncle is name Graham) Ave he passed it up several times because people kept calling it GRA-HAM .. lol
It's Graham, just like the name. Never heard the gra-ham pronunciation before…

Also, in terms of names being mispronounced officially, if you've ever taken the subway in Brooklyn I'm sure you've heard the automated announcement for DeKalb Avenue station mispronounce it as "DEE-kahlb." It's "duh-KA(L)B." However, I'll admit this one's controversial, but I've lived in Brooklyn for a long time and never heard the MTA pronunciation outside of, well, an automated announcement.
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:57 AM
 
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It's Graham, just like the name. Never heard the gra-ham pronunciation before…

Also, in terms of names being mispronounced officially, if you've ever taken the subway in Brooklyn I'm sure you've heard the automated announcement for DeKalb Avenue station mispronounce it as "DEE-kahlb." It's "duh-KA(L)B." However, I'll admit this one's controversial, but I've lived in Brooklyn for a long time and never heard the MTA pronunciation outside of, well, an automated announcement.
i can't remember whether the L says Graham or Gra-ham but who knows he may have been getting directions from newer new yorkers
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Plandome, NY
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surprise no one here brought up "van wyck expresway"

Some say

Van Wick
or
Van Why-ke
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Confines of the 101 Precinct
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It's Graham, just like the name. Never heard the gra-ham pronunciation before…

Also, in terms of names being mispronounced officially, if you've ever taken the subway in Brooklyn I'm sure you've heard the automated announcement for DeKalb Avenue station mispronounce it as "DEE-kahlb." It's "duh-KA(L)B." However, I'll admit this one's controversial, but I've lived in Brooklyn for a long time and never heard the MTA pronunciation outside of, well, an automated announcement.
In Brooklyn they say it wrong. In the Bronx (there's a DeKalb Avenue in the Bronx too) they say it correct.
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:56 AM
 
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i can't remember whether the L says Graham or Gra-ham but who knows he may have been getting directions from newer new yorkers
That sounds really odd....have you ever heard somebody named Graham pronounce their name Gra-ham?
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