A report on Sixth Avenue

The "skyscraper alley" of International Style buildings along the avenue looking north from 40th Street to Central Park
Looking north from 14th Street in 1905, with the Sixth Avenue El on the right
The historic Ladies' Mile shopping district that thrived along Sixth Avenue left behind some of the largest retail spaces in the city. Beginning in the 1990s, the buildings began to be reused after being dormant for decades.
Sixth Avenue in 1922
Sign for Venezuela on Sixth Avenue
Jefferson Market Library in Greenwich Village

Seldom used by New Yorkers – is a major thoroughfare in New York City's borough of Manhattan, on which traffic runs northbound, or "uptown".

- Sixth Avenue
The "skyscraper alley" of International Style buildings along the avenue looking north from 40th Street to Central Park

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Midtown Manhattan

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Central portion of the New York City borough of Manhattan and serves as the city's primary central business district.

Central portion of the New York City borough of Manhattan and serves as the city's primary central business district.

in January 2020
Midtown Manhattan as viewed from the Empire State Building
Madison Square Garden
Times Square (2013), one of the world's busiest pedestrian intersections
"Korea Way" on 32nd Street in Manhattan's Koreatown (맨해튼 코리아타운)
The United Nations Secretariat Building at the United Nations Headquarters
Herald Square, with Macy's
The MetLife Building (formerly Pan Am Building)
NYPD 14th (Midtown South) Precinct
Engine Co. 54/Ladder Co. 4/Battalion 9
USPS Grand Central Station
New York Public Library Main Branch
Grand Central Terminal, seen from 42nd Street
Midtown Manhattan viewed from Weehauken, New Jersey, in September 2021, in the afternoon.
Midtown Manhattan viewed from Weehauken, New Jersey, in September 2021, at sunset.
Midtown Manhattan viewed from Weehauken, New Jersey, in September 2021, at night.

Sixth Avenue also has the headquarters of three of the four major U.S. television networks.

Daytime scene on Broadway Broadway.png Broadway through Manhattan, the Bronx and lower Westchester County is highlighted in red

Broadway (Manhattan)

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Road in the U.S. state of New York.

Road in the U.S. state of New York.

Daytime scene on Broadway Broadway.png Broadway through Manhattan, the Bronx and lower Westchester County is highlighted in red
Broadway in 1834
Broadway in 1860
Somerindyke House, Bloomingdale Road, middle 19th century
Looking north from Broome Street (circa 1853–55)
In 1885, the Broadway commercial district was overrun with telephone, telegraph, and electrical lines. This view was north from Cortlandt and Maiden Lane.
The segment of Broadway in Times Square
A view up Broadway from Bowling Green, with the Chrysler Building visible in the background
A view of Broadway in 1909
Broadway looking north from 48th Street in the Theater District
X-shaped intersection of Broadway (from lower right to upper left) and Amsterdam Avenue (lower left to upper right), looking north from Sherman Square to West 72nd Street and the treetops of Verdi Square
Broadway at Dyckman Street in Inwood
North Broadway (U.S. 9) in Yonkers
The Washington Irving Memorial on North Broadway in Irvington, not far from Irving's home, Sunnyside
Canyon of Heroes during a ticker-tape parade for the Apollo 11 astronauts on August 13, 1969
Broadway under the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line's elevated structure in the Bronx
Plan of 1868 for an "arcade railway"
International Mercantile Marine Company Building

Broadway became one-way from Columbus Circle south to Herald Square (34th Street) on March 10, 1957, in conjunction with Sixth Avenue becoming one-way from Herald Square north to 59th Street and Seventh Avenue becoming one-way from 59th Street south to Times Square (where it crosses Broadway).

Manhattan

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Most densely populated and geographically smallest of the five boroughs of New York City.

Most densely populated and geographically smallest of the five boroughs of New York City.

Peter Minuit, early 1600s
Pieter Schaghen's 1626 letter saying Manhattan was purchased for 60 guilders.
The Castello Plan showing the Dutch city of New Amsterdam in 1660, at the southern tip of Manhattan
Washington's statue in front of Federal Hall on Wall Street, where in 1789 he was sworn in as first U.S. president
Manhattan in 1873. The Brooklyn Bridge was under construction from 1870 until 1883
The "Sanitary & Topographical Map of the City and Island of New York", commonly known as the Viele Map, was created by Egbert Ludovicus Viele in 1865
Manhattan's Little Italy, Lower East Side, circa 1900
Manhattan personified, early 20th century
V-J Day in Times Square in Times Square, 1945
Flooding on Avenue C caused by Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012
Satellite image of Manhattan Island, bounded by the Hudson River to the west, the Harlem River to the north, the East River to the east, and New York Harbor to the south, with rectangular Central Park prominently visible. Roosevelt Island, in the East River, belongs to Manhattan.
Location of Manhattan (red) within New York City (remainder yellow)
Manhattan schist outcropping in Central Park
Liberty Island is an exclave of Manhattan, of New York City, and of New York State, that is surrounded by New Jersey waters
The Empire State Building in the foreground looking southward from the top of Rockefeller Center, with One World Trade Center in the background, at sunset. The Midtown South Community Council acts as a civic caretaker for much of the neighborhood between the skyscrapers of Midtown and Lower Manhattan.
Central Park in autumn
The Estonian House, the main center of Estonian culture amongst Estonian Americans
A. T. Stewart in 1870, 9th Street, Manhattan
Many tall buildings have setbacks on their facade due to the 1916 Zoning Resolution. This is exemplified at Park Avenue and 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan.
The New York Stock Exchange, by a significant margin the world's largest stock exchange per market capitalization of its listed companies, at US$23.1 trillion as of April 2018.
The Financial District of Lower Manhattan, seen from Brooklyn
The Flatiron District is the center and birthplace of Silicon Alley
Times Square is the hub of the Broadway theater district and a major cultural venue in Manhattan, it also has one of the highest annual attendance rates of any tourist attraction in the world, estimated at 50 million
The New York Times headquarters, 620 Eighth Avenue
Butler Library at Columbia University, with its notable architectural design
Stuyvesant High School, in Tribeca
New York Public Library Main Branch at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
The scene at Manhattan's 2015 LGBT Pride March. The annual event rivals the sister São Paulo event as the world's largest pride parade, attracting tens of thousands of participants and millions of sidewalk spectators each June.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Madison Square Garden is home to the Rangers and Knicks, and hosts some Liberty games
The Skating Pond in Central Park, 1862
Manhattan Municipal Building
James Farley Post Office
A slum tour through the Five Points in an 1885 sketch
Tenement houses in 1936
At the time of its construction, London Terrace in Chelsea was the largest apartment building in the world
Grand Central Terminal is a National Historic Landmark.
Ferries departing Battery Park City and helicopters flying above Manhattan
The Staten Island Ferry, seen from the Battery, crosses Upper New York Bay, providing free public transportation between Staten Island and Manhattan.
The Brooklyn Bridge to the right and the Manhattan Bridge towards the left, are two of the three bridges that connect Lower Manhattan with Brooklyn over the East River.
Eighth Avenue, looking northward ("Uptown"), in the rain; most streets and avenues in Manhattan's grid plan incorporate a one-way traffic configuration
Tourists looking westward at sunset to observe the July 12, 2016 Manhattanhenge
Ferry service departing Battery Park City towards New Jersey, see from Paulus Hook

In much of Midtown Manhattan, Broadway runs at a diagonal to the grid, creating major named intersections at Union Square (Park Avenue South/Fourth Avenue and 14th Street), Madison Square (Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street), Herald Square (Sixth Avenue and 34th Street), Times Square (Seventh Avenue and 42nd Street), and Columbus Circle (Eighth Avenue/Central Park West and 59th Street).

Peretz Square, Houston Street on left; 1st Street on right

List of numbered streets in Manhattan

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The New York City borough of Manhattan contains 214 numbered east–west streets ranging from 1st to 228th, the majority of them designated in the Commissioners' Plan of 1811.

The New York City borough of Manhattan contains 214 numbered east–west streets ranging from 1st to 228th, the majority of them designated in the Commissioners' Plan of 1811.

Peretz Square, Houston Street on left; 1st Street on right
St. Mark's Place
Little West 12th Street as viewed from the rooftop of The Standard, High Line
14th Street–Union Square station
Irving Place Theatre, from Northeast corner of Irving Place and East 15th Street
The Center for Jewish History at 15 West 16th Street
Bike parking at 17th Street
33 East 17th Street (NRHP)
Gershwin Hotel on East 27th Street
Korea Way in Koreatown, as seen on 32nd Street, with ubiquitous street signage in Hangul (한글)
A view of the Empire State Building from 33rd Street and Park Avenue Subway Station
Shops along Designers' Way
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum on East 61st Street
Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
120-130 East 80th Street, with three of the four East 80th Street Houses; the Astor House is on the left, the Whitney House on the right, and the Dillon House is between them.
112th Street East of Broadway
Butler Library
Jewish Theological Seminary
The Apollo Theater
Western end
Underneath; unconnected
East end of 181st Street
West 187th Street stairs to Ft. Washington Avenue

The west ends of most of these streets is the Bowery and Third Avenue, except for 3rd Street (formerly Amity Place), which continues to Sixth Avenue; and 4th Street, which extends west and then north to 13th Street in Greenwich Village.

Greenwich Village

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Neighborhood on the west side of Lower Manhattan in New York City, bounded by 14th Street to the north, Broadway to the east, Houston Street to the south, and the Hudson River to the west.

Neighborhood on the west side of Lower Manhattan in New York City, bounded by 14th Street to the north, Broadway to the east, Houston Street to the south, and the Hudson River to the west.

MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village
453–461 Sixth Avenue in the Historic District
The intersection of West 4th and West 12th Streets
Street signs at intersection of West 10th and West 4th Streets
Map of old Greenwich Village. A section of Bernard Ratzer's map of New York and its suburbs, made ca. 1766 for Henry Moore, royal governor of New York, when Greenwich was more than 2 miles (3 km) from the city.
Gay Street at the corner of Waverly Place; the street's name refers to a colonial family, not the LGBT character of Greenwich Village
Whitney Museum of American Art's original location, at 8–12 West 8th Street, between Fifth Avenue and MacDougal Street; currently home to the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.
The Cherry Lane Theatre is located in Greenwich Village.
The annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade is the world's largest Halloween parade.
The Stonewall Inn, a designated U.S. National Historic Landmark and National Monument, as the site of the June 1969 Stonewall riots and the cradle of the modern gay rights movement.
Blue Note Jazz Club
The Washington Square Arch, an unofficial icon of Greenwich Village and nearby New York University
396-397 West Street at West 10th Street is a former hotel which dates from 1904, and is part of the Weehawken Street Historic District
Washington Mews in Greenwich Village; an NYU building can be seen in the background
Christopher Park, part of the Stonewall National Monument
NYPD 6th Precinct
West Village Post Office
Jefferson Market Library, once a courthouse, now serves as a branch of the New York Public Library.
Robert De Niro
Robert Downey Jr.
Hank Greenberg
Emma Stone
90 Bedford Street, used for establishing shot in Friends

The western part of Greenwich Village is known as the West Village; the dividing line of its eastern border is debated but commonly cited as Seventh Avenue or Sixth Avenue.

An 1893 redrawing of the 1807 version of the Commissioners' grid plan for Manhattan, a few years before it was adopted in 1811

Commissioners' Plan of 1811

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The original design for the streets of Manhattan above Houston Street and below 155th Street, which put in place the rectangular grid plan of streets and lots that has defined Manhattan on its march uptown until the current day.

The original design for the streets of Manhattan above Houston Street and below 155th Street, which put in place the rectangular grid plan of streets and lots that has defined Manhattan on its march uptown until the current day.

An 1893 redrawing of the 1807 version of the Commissioners' grid plan for Manhattan, a few years before it was adopted in 1811
The city blocks of Portland, Oregon; Savannah, Georgia; and Manhattan shown at the same scale
"A Portraiture of the City of Philadelphia" (1683) by Thomas Holme, the first map of the city.
A portion of a map of the city from 1776; De Lancey Square and the grid around it can be seen on the right
The Mangin–Goerck Plan of 1803; the "warning label" can be seen at the bottom under "Plan of the City of New York"
The only known image of John Randel Jr., the Commission's chief surveyor, by an unknown artist, probably Ezra Ames.
The park-like grounds of the American Museum of Natural Historycalled "Theodore Roosevelt Park" since 1958, but officially part of Central Parkis the only one of the planned public spaces of the Commissioners' Plan which still exists; it was to be "Manhattan Square".
This one of John Randel's survey bolts marked the location of what would have been Sixth Avenue and 65th Street; the location later became part of Central Park
One of Randel's 92 detailed "Farm Maps", showing how the Manhattan grid would sit on the island's topography and extant farms and homesteads. This one is bounded by West 36th Street, Sixth Avenue, West 15th Street, and the Hudson River.
William M. "Boss" Tweed (1870)
Central Park is by far the largest interruption of the Commissioners' grid, running from Central Park South (59th Street, at the right) to 110th Street (on the left), and from Fifth Avenue (at the top) to Central Park West (Eighth Avenue, at the bottom), and at 843 acre, taking up a little over 6% of the area of Manhattan island.
Andrew Haswell Green, a critic of the Commissioners' Plan, headed the Central Park Commission, which created the street plan for Manhattan above 155th Street
The Knapp map of 1870 shows the progress made in laying out streets above 155th Street as called for in the Central Park Commission's 1868 plan
In 1945, Sixth Avenue was officially renamed "Avenue of the Americas", and was adorned with circular signs for each member country of the Organization of American States, such as this one for Venezuela. The name never caught on with New Yorkers, though, who still insist on calling it "Sixth Avenue". After decades of requiring only one official name, the city at last began to co-sign the avenue with both names. Currently, "Avenue of the Americas" is generally only seen on business stationery and official city documents, or heard from the mouths of tourists.
Frederick Law Olmsted, vociferous critic of the Commissioners' Plan (c.1860)
Clement Clarke Moore objected to the Plan, but made a fortune developing his estate once the Plan's streets were laid down through it. (1897)
Henry James (1910)
Lewis Mumford, a vehement critic of the Commissioners' Plan
Thomas Janvier, an illustration from In Old New York (1894)
Jean-Paul Sartre (c.1950)
Dutch artist Piet Mondrian drew inspiration from the vibrancy of the grid, displaying it in paintings such as Broadway Boogie Woogie (1942).

The Bayard streets still exist as the core of SoHo and part of Greenwich Village: Mercer, Greene, and Wooster Streets, LaGuardia Place/West Broadway (originally Laurens Street), and Thompson, Sullivan, MacDougal, and Hancock Streets, although the last has been subsumed by the extension of Sixth Avenue.

York Street ventilation tower for Rutgers Street tunnel

IND Sixth Avenue Line

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Rapid transit line of the B Division of the New York City Subway in the United States.

Rapid transit line of the B Division of the New York City Subway in the United States.

York Street ventilation tower for Rutgers Street tunnel
53rd Street powerhouse
Sixth Avenue Subway Will Be Opened to the Public at 12–01 A.M. Sunday, Dec 15, 1940
IND services immediately after the main part of the line opened

It runs mainly under Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, and continues south to Brooklyn.

Randel's surveying bolt

Central Park

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Urban park in New York City, between the Upper West and Upper East Sides of Manhattan.

Urban park in New York City, between the Upper West and Upper East Sides of Manhattan.

Randel's surveying bolt
Map of the former Seneca Village from Viele's survey for Central Park
The Lake, one of the first features of Central Park to be completed
Bethesda Terrace and Fountain under construction in 1862
Gentry in the new park, c. undefined 1870
Belvedere Castle, completed 1869
Lower end of the mall, seen in 1901
East side of Rat Rock
Wooded area of the Ramble
Female northern cardinal, one of the bird species found in Central Park
The USS Maine National Monument
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Bethesda Terrace and Fountain
Gapstow Bridge in fall
Angel of the Waters (1873) in Bethesda Fountain
Cleopatra's Needle, the park's oldest man-made structure
Horse-drawn carriage by the park
Summerstage features free musical concerts throughout the summer.
Entrance to the Fifth Avenue–59th Street subway station just outside Central Park
66th Street transverse
Center Drive in Central Park
North Woods, one of several places where crimes were reported during the 1989 Central Park jogger case
Sheep Meadow, a common place for gatherings
Skyscrapers abut the southern border of Central Park.

The only remaining surveying bolt from his survey is embedded in a rock north of the present Dairy and the 66th Street transverse, marking the location where West 65th Street would have intersected Sixth Avenue.

Tin Pan Alley on West 28th Street

NoMad, Manhattan

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Neighborhood centered on the Madison Square North Historic District in the borough of Manhattan in New York City.

Neighborhood centered on the Madison Square North Historic District in the borough of Manhattan in New York City.

Tin Pan Alley on West 28th Street
The Fifth Avenue Hotel in 1860
The Museum of Sex on Fifth Avenue, which opened in 2002
The Radio Wave Building, formerly the Gerlach Hotel, where noted inventor Nikola Tesla lived
Madison Square Park, opened in 1847, was extensively renovated in 2001
The 69th Regiment Armory, completed in 1906, is a National Historic Landmark
Marble Collegiate Church (1851–1854); for many years Norman Vincent Peale was its pastor

The neighborhood is bordered by East 25th Street to the south, East 29th or East 30th Street to the north, Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) to the west and Madison or Lexington Avenue to the east.

SoHo, Manhattan

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Neighborhood in Lower Manhattan in New York City.

Neighborhood in Lower Manhattan in New York City.

Niblo's Garden, seen here around 1887, was an entertainment venue on Broadway near Prince Street from 1823 to 1895
The E. V. Haughwout Building at Broadway and Broome Street was built in 1856–57, and has a cast-iron facade by Daniel D. Badger
Cast-iron architecture on Broome Street
SoHo also contains former industrial buildings in other architectural styles, and is also dotted with smaller structures like this Federal style house built in 1819–20.
428 Broadway (428-432) was built in 1888–89 and was designed by Samuel A. Warner in the Queen Anne style
Cast-iron buildings at 453–467 Broome Street between Mercer and Greene Streets
Chelsea Career & Technical Education High School, located just outside SoHo

In 1974, shortly after SoHo first came into existence, The New York Times described the boundaries as "stretching from Houston to Canal Streets between West Broadway and Lafayette Street" – a definition it continued to hold to in 2016 – but The Encyclopedia of New York City reports that SoHo is bounded by Crosby Street on the east, and Sixth Avenue to the west.