Williamsburg, NY- Would Keap Street Get A Name Change?

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    Williamsburg, NY – Talk about patriotic penmanship.
    Turnes out Williamsburg’s Keap Street, which was named after a Declaration of Independence signatory, has been badly misspelled for the past 154 years. “Keap” should really be “McKean” – the street’s actually named after signer Thomas McKean.

    It took one attentive Williamsburg resident to spot the mistake. “People say, ‘it’s been there so long, let it keap’ – but I don’t want to let it keap,” quipped John Slagg, 87, who tipped Borough President Marty Markowitz’s office to the 19th-century foulup.

    “The man should not be denied the dignity and honor entitled to him,” said Slagg, who wore 309 Keap St. on his dogtags during World War II. To make amends, Markowitz called the sign a :historical error,” and proclaimed July 4 to be Thomas McKean Day in Brooklyn, in honor of McKean, whose sloppy handwriting lead to the mishap in the first place.

    But is it enough of an “error” to have the sign changed? That remains to be seen, said a Department of Transportation spokesman, adding that no request for a street name change has been made. And anyway the City Council would have to approve it first.

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    23 COMMENTS

      • Lee Avenue is not named for Robert E. Lee, General of the Confederate Army, but for either Richard Henry Lee or Francis Lightfoot Lee, both signers of the Declaration of Independence. Likewise most street names in Williamsburg are named for signers of the Declaration of Independence like:

        George Clymer
        George Taylor
        James Wilson
        George Ross
        William Hooper
        Joseph Hewes
        John Penn
        Edward Rutledge
        Thomas Heyward
        Thomas Lynch
        Arthur Middleton
        George Walton
        Elbridge Gerry
        Josiah Bartlett

        Benjamin Harrison
        Richard Henry Lee or Francis Lightfoot Lee
        George Wythe

    1. Gosh. This is what our city is busy w. Let them take care of other things first and I’ll gladly accept those few dollars they’ll save by not changing it.

    2. The important thing is that we remember what the signers of the Constitution stood for. Limited central government, individual self-reliance, and the freedoms outlined in the bill of rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution. In their honor we should vote for politicians who pledge tax cuts and spending reductions. The myriad government programs that encourage reliance on government should be discouraged. Williamsburg, whos streets honor these men, should lead the way.

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