Borough and State: Manhattan, New York
Type of district: National Register historic district, local historic district
Main Intersection: Rutherford Place and East 17th Street
The Stuyvesant Square Historic District takes its name from the park at its center. The land for the square was donated to the City of New York by Peter Gerard Stuyvesant, an heir of one of the original families to receive a land grant in New York, then named New Amsterdam. Stuyvesant gave the land to the City in 1836 with the stipulation that it be used for a public square. It was one of New York’s first parks.