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How Lincoln Square got its name is not known. It is said to be named after the 10th Cavalry that fought along with Theodore Roosevelt during the Spanish-American War at the Battle of San Juan Hill. However, some speculate the US president, Abraham Lincoln, was the inspiration behind its name.

Despite the origin of the current name, the area was once called San Juan Hill. This predominantly African American neighborhood was known for its musical history. There were many jazz clubs, such as the Jungle Cafe. However, being deemed a slum by the New York City Housing Authority would lead to redevelopment of not only its infrastructure but its residents, too.


A community in Manhattan known for having the densest African American and a heavy Afro-Caribbean population became a thing of the past. New development during the Lincoln Square Renewal Project caused residents to flee to neighboring areas such as Harlem and the Bronx. Using figures from the 2010 United States Census, the current population was 61,489, broken down by the following ethnic makeup:

  • 73.4% White
  • 11.2% Asian
  • 8.6% Hispanic or Latino
  • 4.4% African American
  • 0.1% Native American
  • 0.3% Other Races
  • 1.9% Two or More Races
  • 0.0% Pacific Islander

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Lincoln Square positioned on the Broadway and Columbus Avenue intersection, the neighborhood is located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, a New York borough. While new development replaced many historical landmarks, the New York City Housing Authority and the YMCA still stand. Despite the displacement of many during the Lincoln Square Renewal Project, its legacy remains, including its musical influence. Notably, the West Side Story, filmed using its destruction as a backdrop. However, just like the rest of New York, it offers many different areas of interest, such as the following:

  • American Folk Art Museum
  • Central Park
  • Church of St. Paul the Apostle
  • Dante Park
  • The Center for Music & Art and Performing Arts at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School
  • Fordham University
  • Juilliard School
  • Museum of Biblical Art (American Bible Society)

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Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: March 9, 2021
Laurence P. Banville is the managing partner of Banville Law. As an experienced personal injury attorney, Mr. Banville helps clients recover compensation from those responsible for his clients' injuries. Our firm is located in New York City, serving clients from the five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
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