What's In a Name?

To spite developers, Staten Island borough president names streets for greed and deception

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The now-demolished Mount Manresa Jesuit retreat. (Courtesy Save Mount Manresa)
The now-demolished Mount Manresa Jesuit retreat. (Courtesy Save Mount Manresa)

Builders recently filed plans on several streets, including Cupidity Drive, Fourberie Lane, and Avidity Place in a condo development on Mount Manresa,
a former Jesuit retreat on Staten Island. Sound odd? That’s because the names are all synonyms for deception and greed: Cupidity means “a strong desire for money;” fourberie is “deception;” and avidity is “consuming greed.” Staten Island borough president James Oddo picked the derogatory names after losing a battle to developers about building on the site. Although the developer, the Savo Brothers, issued a complaint, a State Supreme Court judge granted permission in February for Oddo to name the streets as he pleased. Oddo later tweeted:

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