Alexander’s Alley is named for a family of Mott Haven landowners and developers, Robert, Ellen, and their son Edwin Alexander. Jordan L. Mott (1798-1866) was largely responsible for the economic and residential development of this area. Inventor of the coal-burning stove, cupola furnace, and various modern kitchen and bathroom fixtures, Mott purchased the land west of Third Avenue in 1841. Establishing an ironworks where present-day Third Avenue meets the East River, he developed the remaining land into a small suburban neighborhood, called Mott Haven, for local industrial workers and their families.
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