Annoying Place (in Dutch) – Verveelen Place, Bronx

© Frank H. Jump

The verb to annoy is verveelen in Dutch (pronounced “fer-fail`-en”). When passing the Robert’s Books & Stationery / Kornblau-Goldblum Supply Co signs on the Major Deegan Expressway, I never thought I’d be rediscovering another odd Dutch street name. Brooklyn has its Varkens Hoek (Hog’s Corner) and Paerdegats (Horse’s Hole) street names and the Bronx has its Annoying Place.


10 responses to “Annoying Place (in Dutch) – Verveelen Place, Bronx

  1. What a gorgeous picture!

  2. Really? Thanks. The moon kinda makes it.

  3. Johannes Verveelen was one of the founders of Harlem in 1661 and served as Magistrate and Delegate to the New York General Assembly. Among other enterprises he owned and operated the Red Lyon Brewery, the Harlem Inn, and ferries accross the Spuyten Duyvil at Kingsbridge Road and accross the Harlem River at 125th Street. The Dutch word for annoy is not verveelen. It is ergeren.

  4. “ee” in Dutch is pronounced long a. The name was originally ver Valen…”from the valley.”

  5. Then no doubt you are aware that Dutch for boring is vervelend…not verveelen.