It runs crosstown across the full width of the borough of Manhattan, from the Hudson River to the East River, serving as boundary between the neighborhoods of Greenwich Village and SoHo on the West Side, and the East Village and the Lower East Side on the East Side. The street acquired its name by 1803 and attained its present length in 1808. Houston Street is most likely named for a congressman from Georgia, William Houstoun, who spelled his name with that extra 'u' and presumably pronounced his name Howstoon or Howston. Since the early 1970s, Houston Street has retained the title of the southernmost street in Manhattan that goes from river to river.
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