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Maiden Lane

Maiden Lane
We're right at the beginning of Maiden Lane here. Between the 1800s and mid-1900s, this used to be the center of the jewelry district. Most of those businesses moved up to Midtown on 47th Street where we can find the Diamond District today, but there are still some traces left here. For example, there is the famous watchmaker, William Barthman. He actually still has a store just up Broadway here, and he installed a big bronze public clock. That's a clock that not many people see because it's not above our heads. Rather, it's embedded in the pavement beneath our feet. Right here. Maiden Lane here follows the natural lie of Manhattan Island. It used to have a little stream that flowed right out into the East River here. In the days before the skyscrapers appeared, young women used to bring their family's washing here to wash in the stream and then lay out to dry. It also had a bit of a reputation as being a lover's lane where a young man would bring their lady friends to have a little frolic by the water. All these young women running about the place is probably what gave the street its name, Maiden Lane.
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