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Old 04-26-2012, 05:24 PM
 
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Another street in the area near the World Trade Center that is consistently mispronounced is Dey Street; it is pronounced as Dye (as in dye your hair), not Day.

No one should have a problem pronouncing either Amethyst or Nereid as street names, because they are words you can look up in the dictionary. Amethyst is a purple semi-precious stone (the birthstone for February, actually) and is pronounced AM-uh-thist; a Nereid is a sea-nymph (kind of like a mermaid), and the word is pronounced NEE-ree-id.

Vleigh Place in Flushing is actually correctly pronounced as "Fly" (it is named for what was spelled as the Fly Creek for most of the last two centuries until someone wanted to get all Dutch and pretentious; the V in Dutch is pronounce as an F.) Also in Flushing is Crocheron Avenue, which is pronounced as CROW-shuh-ron if one is speaking clearly, and CROW-shron if said quickly.

Considering that Mayor Van Wyck, after whom the road is named, pronounced his name as van wyke, and not van wick, the Expressway should also be said as "van wyke". In the same way, Roosevelt Avenue in Queens is named for Theodore Roosevelt (the name being changed from "Amity Street" during a visit of ex-President Teddy to Flushing.) Theodore Roosevelt pronounced his name (as can be seen in this letter from his uncle Robert Roosevelt: http://www.theodoreroosevelt.org/gra...nunciation.pdf ) as "Rose-uh-velt", and so that is the only correct pronunciation of the street name.
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Old 05-12-2013, 04:58 AM
 
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Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren tell people they grew up on Mow sha loo Parkway, so that's how I pronounce it.
If English is your native language, and you understand pronunciation. it is clear Mosh-O-loo . Look at where the o and u are. One O cannot make a oo sound. What happened was in the 80s and 90s a lot of spanish speaker moved to the Bronx, and have somehow managed to redefine the pronunciation. It is Mosh-O-loo in english.
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:20 AM
 
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THIRD AVENUE is a toughy.
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Old 05-12-2013, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Riverdale, New York
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Spuyten Duyvil bridge & neighborhood in the Bronx (or Bronix, if you prefer)?
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SPITE-in DIE-vuhl
Geoking has it correct. That is how we locals pronounce it. There are a few street names that comes to mind here: Liebig Avenue, Iselin Avenue, Kappock Street and Grosvenor Avenue.
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Old 05-12-2013, 01:00 PM
 
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Geoking has it correct. That is how we locals pronounce it. There are a few street names that comes to mind here: Liebig Avenue, Iselin Avenue, Kappock Street and Grosvenor Avenue.
Personally, I just pronounce it "Spoy-ten Doy-vhul".
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Old 02-01-2014, 01:19 PM
 
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THIRD AVENUE is a toughy.
...You live on TURD Avenue?!

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a Nereid is a sea-nymph (kind of like a mermaid), and the word is pronounced NEE-ree-id.
That's how I've always heard it pronounced.

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Considering that Mayor Van Wyck, after whom the road is named, pronounced his name as van wyke, and not van wick, the Expressway should also be said as "van wyke". In the same way, Roosevelt Avenue in Queens is named for Theodore Roosevelt (the name being changed from "Amity Street" during a visit of ex-President Teddy to Flushing.) Theodore Roosevelt pronounced his name (as can be seen in this letter from his uncle Robert Roosevelt: [url=http://www.theodoreroosevelt.org/graphics/Roosevelt_pronunciation.pdf]Home - Theodore Roosevelt Association[/url] ) as "Rose-uh-velt", and so that is the only correct pronunciation of the street name.
That's lovely that people pronounce their names a certain way, but it has no bearing on street names. It's the Van "Wick" and I've heard "Rooz-uh-velt" as well as "Full-ton" street.


Here's one: Throop
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Old 02-02-2014, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Middle of the Megalopolis
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Tiemann Place in Morningside Heights. Bus drivers can't make up their minds: TIE--man or TEE-man. Who knows!?
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Old 02-03-2014, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Here's one: Throop
I've always pronounced that as "troop (thanks, bus announcers!!)..." When I moved to Chicago, I saw that they also pronounce it that way (well, those familiar with the street, I guess).

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Old 02-03-2014, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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THIRD AVENUE is a toughy.
So how do you pronounce it ? Turd Avenue or Toid Avenue ?
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Old 02-03-2014, 06:44 PM
 
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What are some easily mispronounced street names in NY? Feel free to correct any that I mispronounce.

Kosciuszko (cuss-kee-uhz-co)
Schermerhorn (skeer-murr-horn)
Mosholu (muh-shoo-luh)
Rochambeau (row-shem-bow)
Vermilyea (vurr-mill-yuh)

I lived on Schermerhorn for 15 years (Sher-mer-horn) is how I always pronounced it-- It is a dutch name
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