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What places in NYC do you still call by their old name?

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What are they even calling the Triboro Bridge these days?

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New York City is known as many things: the city that never sleeps, the city of bright lights, and the city that is always changing. At any given moment, something is being constructed, demolished, redesigned, rebranded, and so on and so forth. But as the saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

The city has a knack for renaming place, whether it be streets, public spaces, buildings, or whatever else you can think of. Yet some bonds are just too difficult to be broken and people opt to continue referring to a place by its former title, even long after it’s been changed.

For example, Seventh Avenue in Harlem was officially renamed Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard in 1974 (h/t Untapped Cities), but New Yorkers rarely call it that. Similarly, the Philip Johnson-designed building at 550 Madison Avenue will always be affectionately known as either the AT&T or the Sony building. And is anyone really calling the 59th Street Bridge the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge or the Triboro Bridge the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge?

So tell us, what are some of the places in New York City that you still refer to by their former name? Let us know in the comments below.