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A view of Broadway in 1909
A view of Broadway in 1909

Broadway, as the name implies, is a wide avenue in New York City, and is the oldest north-south main thoroughfare in the city, dating to the first New Amsterdam settlement. The name Broadway is an English translation of the Dutch name, Breede weg. The street is famous as the pinnacle of the American theater industry. (Although this article is about the world-known Manhattan avenue which also runs into the Bronx, there are other streets called "Broadway" throughout New York City, one each in the boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. In addition, there exist short, often isolated stretches of streets that use the name, including East Broadway on the Lower East Side, West Broadway in TriBeCa, and Old Broadway in Morningside Heights.) Broadway 1909 Public domain picture from the Library of Congress Found at: http://www. ... Broadway 1909 Public domain picture from the Library of Congress Found at: http://www. ... Nickname: Big Apple, City that never Sleeps, Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Manhattan Queens Brooklyn Staten Island Settled 1613 Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... New Amsterdam (Dutch: Nieuw Amsterdam) was the name of the 17th century town which grew outside of Fort Amsterdam on Manhattan Island in the New Netherland territory (1614–1674) which was situated between 38 and 42 degrees latitude as a provincial extension of the Dutch Republic since 1624. ... Abbey Road in London A street name or odonym is an identifying name given to a street. ... Look up translate in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Note on spelling: While most Americans use er (as per American spelling conventions), the majority of venues, performers and trade groups for live theatre use re. ... The Borough of Manhattan, highlighted in yellow, lies between the East River and the Hudson River. ... The Bronx is one of the five boroughs of New York City. ... The Five Boroughs of New York City: 1: Manhattan 2: Brooklyn 3: Queens 4: Bronx 5: Staten Island In New York City, a borough is a unique form of government used to administer the five constituent counties that make up the city; it differs significantly from other borough forms of... Brooklyn (named for the Dutch city Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. ... Queens Borough in New York City, in yellow This article is about the New York City borough. ... Staten Island, in yellow, lies to the southwest of the rest of New York City. ... Mural on Orchard Street and Houston Street by artist Marco The Lower East Side is a neighborhood of the New York City borough of Manhattan. ... Hudson Street in TriBeCa. ... Residental buildings on West 116th Street opposite Columbia University between Morningside Drive and Amsterdam Avenue For the El Paso, Texas neighborhood, see Morningside Heights, El Paso, Texas Morningside Heights is a neighborhood of the Borough of Manhattan in New York City and is bounded by the Upper West Side, Morningside...


Broadway originated as an Indian trail called the Wickquasgeck Trail, which was carved into the brush land of Manhattan. This trail originally snaked through swamps and rocks along the length of Manhattan Island. Upon the arrival of the Dutch, the trail soon became the main road through the island from New Amsterdam at the southern tip. The Dutch explorer and entrepreneur David de Vries gives the first mention of it in his journal for the year 1642 ("the Wickquasgeck Road over which the Indians passed daily").


Broadway runs the length of Manhattan, being the only street running from almost the southern tip of the island, at Bowling Green, to the northern tip. South of Columbus Circle, it is a one-way street with all vehicle traffic traveling southbound. It crosses Spuyten Duyvil Creek via the Broadway Bridge and continues through the Bronx to Westchester County. Bowling Green, shown in a composite photograph taken from the steps of the U.S. Custom House looking north along Broadway. ... Columbus Circle Columbus Circle is a major landmark and point of attraction in New York City. ... Spuyten Duyvil Creek, also known as the Harlem River Ship Canal, is a one-mile-long channel connecting the Hudson and Harlem Rivers in New York City, separating the island of Manhattan from the mainland. ... The Broadway Bridge in New York City crosses the Harlem Ship Canal between Inwood and Marble Hill, both parts of Manhattan (the latter on the mainland, attached to the Bronx, due to the rerouting of the Harlem River). ... The Bronx is one of the five boroughs of New York City. ... Westchester County is a suburban county with about 940,000 residents located in the U.S. state of New York. ...


Broadway continues running through several Hudson River towns as U.S. Route 9, before becoming the "New York-Albany Post Road," and running through the state capital, Albany, terminating in Champlain, New York at the Canadian border. (Many towns along the way refer to the route as Broadway within their individual jurisdictions.) Diagonally crossing the Commissioners' Plan of 1811 of Manhattan streets, its intersections with avenues have been marked by "squares" (some merely triangular slivers of open space) and induced some interesting architecture, such as the famous Flatiron Building. The Hudson River, called Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk in Mahican, is a river running mainly through New York State but partly forming the boundary between the states of New York and New Jersey. ... U.S. Route 9 is a north-south United States highway in the states of Delaware, New Jersey, and New York in the United States. ... The Albany Post Road was a post road - a road used for mail delivery - in the U.S. state of New York. ... Location in Albany County and the State of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York County Albany Founded 1614 Incorporated 1686 Mayor Gerald D. Jennings Area    - City 56. ... Champlain can refer to a number of things named after explorer Samuel de Champlain Champlain (village), New York Champlain (town), New York Champlain, Ontario Champlain, Quebec Lake Champlain Champlain Valley Champlain Sea Champlain College, Vermont school Champlain Regional College, Quebec CEGEP Samuel de Champlain, the explorer Category: ... An 1807 version of the Commissioners Grid plan for Manhattan, a few years before it was adopted in 1811. ... Flatiron Building (2004) Close-up of Flatiron Building The Fuller Building or as it is better known, the Flatiron Building, is located in the borough of Manhattan, and was one of the tallest buildings in New York City upon its completion in 1902. ...

A view up Broadway from Bowling Green, with the Chrysler Building visible in the background
A view up Broadway from Bowling Green, with the Chrysler Building visible in the background

The section of lower Broadway from its origin at Bowling Green to City Hall Park is the historical location for the city's ticker-tape parades, and is sometimes called the "Canyon of Heroes" during such events. West of Broadway as far as Canal Street was the city's fashionable residential area until circa 1825; landfill has more than tripled the area and the Hudson shore now lies far to the west, beyond TriBeCa and Battery Park City. Download high resolution version (1003x1145, 208 KB)A view up Broadway from Bowling Green (New York City), with Chrysler Building in the background. ... Download high resolution version (1003x1145, 208 KB)A view up Broadway from Bowling Green (New York City), with Chrysler Building in the background. ... The Chrysler Building is a skyscraper and distinctive symbol of New York City, standing 1,046 feet (319 m) high on the east side of Manhattan at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue. ... Ticker-tape parade in New York City in honor of the Apollo 11 astronauts, August 1969 A ticker-tape parade is a parade event, held in a downtown urban setting, allowing the jettison of large amounts of shredded paper products from nearby office buildings onto the parade route, creating a... Canyon of Heroes on lower Broadway in New York City, during a ticker_tape parade for the Apollo 11 astronauts, August 1969 The Canyon of Heroes is a colloquialism used in New York City to refer to a section of lower Broadway that is the historic location of the citys... New York Citys main Chinatown meets Little Italy at Canal Street. ... Hudson Street in TriBeCa. ... Battery Park City is a 90 acre (0. ...


Broadway marks the east boundary of Greenwich Village, passing Astor Place. It is a short walk from there to New York University near Washington Square Park, which is at the foot of Fifth Avenue. The Washington Square Arch Greenwich Village (pronounced Grennich Village; also called simply the Village) is a largely residential area on the west side of downtown (southern) Manhattan in New York City. ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... New York University (NYU) is a major research university in New York City. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Washington Square North. ... Fifth Avenue looking south from 38th Street From The Wickedest Woman in New York: Madame Restell, the Abortionist Fifth Avenue is a major thoroughfare in the center of the borough of Manhattan in New York City, USA. It runs through the heart of Midtown and along the eastern side of...


At Union Square, Broadway continues its diagonal course across Manhattan, crossing 14th Street. Union Square Union Square (also known as Union Square Park) is an important and historic intersection in New York City, located where Broadway and the Bowery came together in the early 19th century. ... 14th Street looking west from Fifth Avenue 14th Street is an important east-west thoroughfare in Manhattan in New York City. ...


At Madison Square, Broadway crosses Fifth Avenue at 23rd Street. Madison Square, 1908. ... 23rd Street runs from river to river across Manhattan, carrying two-way traffic. ...


At Herald Square, Broadway crosses Sixth Avenue (the Avenue of the Americas). The original Macy's Department Store is located on the western corner of Herald Square; it is one of the largest department stores in the world, if not the single largest. Categories: Stub | Manhattan ... Sixth Avenue looking south from 18th Street Sixth Avenue is a major avenue in New York Citys borough of Manhattan. ... Macys is a chain of American department stores with its flagship store in Herald Square, New York City, which has been billed as the worlds largest store since completion of the Seventh Avenue addition in 1924. ... The interior of a typical Macys department store. ...


One famous stretch near Times Square, where Broadway crosses Seventh Avenue in midtown Manhattan, is the home of many Broadway theatres, housing an ever-changing array of commercial, large-scale plays, particularly musicals; this area of Manhattan is often called the Theater District. This part of Broadway, also known as the Great White Way, draws millions of tourists from around the world. Starring in a successful Broadway musical is considered by most singers, dancers, and actors as the ultimate success in their chosen profession, and many songs, stories, and musicals have themselves been based around the idea of such success. The annual Tony Awards recognize some of the most successful new shows and revivals each year. After becoming New York's de facto Red Light District in the 1960s and 1970s (as can be seen in the films Taxi Driver and Midnight Cowboy), since the late 1980s Times Square has emerged as a family tourist center for the New York area, in effect being "Disneyfied" following Disney's purchase and renovation of the New Amsterdam Theatre on 42nd Street in 1993. Times Square is the location of The New York Times newspaper, from which the Square gets its name, published at offices on West 43rd Street off Broadway. Broadway, in this area, is second only to Tokyo for its lighted advertising, but first as the most recognized street filmed in the world. Times Square For other uses, see Times Square (disambiguation) Times Square is the name given to a principal intersection, at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets in the New York City borough of Manhattan. ... Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... Great White Way is a nickname for Broadway in the Midtown Manhattan section of New York City, specifically that stretch that encompasses the Theater District, between 42nd and 53rd streets. ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... A contemporary dancer rehearsing in a dance studio Dance generally refers to human movement either used as a form of expression or presented in a social, spiritual or performance setting. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... A red-light district is a neighborhood where prostitution is a common part of everyday life. ... Taxi Driver is a 1976 American film drama directed by Martin Scorsese. ... Midnight Cowboy is a 1969 film written by Waldo Salt based on the 1965 novel of the same name by James Leo Herlihy, and directed by John Schlesinger. ... The New Amsterdam Theatre is a playhouse located at 214 West 42nd Street in New York Citys Broadway district. ... The New York Times is a newspaper published in New York City by Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. ... Tokyo , literally Eastern capital)   is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, the home of the Japanese Imperial Family, and the de facto[1] capital of Japan. ...


At the southwest corner of Central Park, Broadway crosses Eighth Avenue at West 59th Street at Columbus Circle, one-time home of a convention center and now home of a new shopping center at the foot of the new Time Warner Center, home of Time Warner. A Central Park landscape Central Park is a large public, urban park (843 acres or 3. ... Eighth Avenue is a north-south avenue on the West Side of Manhattan in New York City, carrying northbound traffic. ... 59th st. ... Columbus Circle Columbus Circle is a major landmark and point of attraction in New York City. ... Time Warner Center and Columbus Monument Time Warner Center and Columbus Circle Time Warner Centers 150-foot-tall glass curtain wall Time Warner Center, originally constructed as the AOL Time Warner Center, is a mixed-use skyscraper at Columbus Circle in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. ... Time Warner Inc. ...


At the intersection of Columbus Avenue and West 65th Street, Broadway passes by the Juilliard School and Lincoln Center, both well-known performing arts landmarks, as well as a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon or LDS Church). Columbus Avenue is an avenue in New York Citys Upper West Side and is named after Christopher Columbus. ... The Juilliard School is recognized as one of the best performing arts conservatories in the world. ... The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. ... The Salt Lake Temple is the most well-known Mormon Temple. ... The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the largest attraction in the citys Temple Square. ...


Further north, Broadway follows the old Bloomingdale Road as the main spine of the Upper West Side, passing the campus of Columbia University at 116th Street in Morningside Heights and CUNY—City College in Harlem as it continues northwards. New York-Presbyterian Hospital lies on Broadway near 166th, 167th, and 168th Streets in Washington Heights. At this point, Broadway is signed as U.S. Route 9 and continues as such until the Canadian border. The Upper West Side is a neighborhood of the borough of Manhattan in New York City that lies between Central Park and the Hudson River above West 59th Street. ... Columbia University is a private university whose main campus lies in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of the Borough of Manhattan in New York City. ... Residental buildings on West 116th Street opposite Columbia University between Morningside Drive and Amsterdam Avenue For the El Paso, Texas neighborhood, see Morningside Heights, El Paso, Texas Morningside Heights is a neighborhood of the Borough of Manhattan in New York City and is bounded by the Upper West Side, Morningside... The City College of The City University of New York (known more commonly as City College of New York or simply City College, CCNY, or colloquially as City) is a senior college of the City University of New York, in New York City. ... New York-Presbyterian Hospital is a prominent university hospital in New York City, composed of two medical centers, Columbia University Medical Center and the Cornell University Weill Medical Center. ... Washington Heights is a New York City neighborhood in Upper Manhattan. ... U.S. Route 9 is a north-south United States highway in the states of Delaware, New Jersey, and New York in the United States. ...


Public transit

From south to north, Broadway at one point or another runs over the IRT Lexington Avenue Line (4 5 (1234) 6 <6> (12)), BMT Broadway Line (N Q R (1234) W (123a)), IRT Broadway-Seventh Avenue Line (1 2 3 (1234)), and IND Eighth Avenue Line (A). The IRT Lexington Avenue Line runs under Broadway from Bowling Green to City Hall. The BMT Broadway Line runs under it from City Hall to Times Square-42nd Street. The IRT Broadway-Seventh Avenue Line runs under and over Broadway from Times Square to 168th Street and from 218th Street to its terminal in the Bronx at 242nd Street-Van Cortlandt Park. The northern portion of the IND Eighth Avenue Line runs under Broadway from 168th Street to 207th Street. The Lexington Avenue Line (sometimes called the Lex or the IRT East Side Line) is one of the major IRT lines in the New York City Subway. ... The 4 Lexington Avenue Express is a service of the New York City Subway. ... The 5 Lexington Avenue Express is a service of the New York City Subway. ... Current services The New York City Subway system has 27 different train routes, some with multiple patterns. ... The 6 Lexington Avenue Local is a service of the New York City Subway. ... The 6 Lexington Avenue Local is a service of the New York City Subway. ... Current services The New York City Subway system has 27 different train routes, some with multiple patterns. ... The Broadway Line is a rapid transit line of the BMT division of the New York City Subway system. ... The N Broadway Express is a service of the New York City Subway. ... The Q Broadway Express is a service of the New York City Subway. ... Current and former R services The R Broadway Local is a service of the New York City Subway. ... Current services The New York City Subway system has 27 different train routes, some with multiple patterns. ... The W Broadway Local is a service of the New York City Subway. ... Current services The New York City Subway system has 27 different train routes, some with multiple patterns. ... The Broadway-Seventh Avenue Line, also known as the IRT West Side Line, is one of the lines of the IRT division of the New York City Subway. ... The 1 Broadway-Seventh Avenue Local is a service of the New York City Subway. ... The 2 Seventh Avenue Express is a service of the New York City Subway. ... The 3 Seventh Avenue Express is a service of the New York City Subway. ... Current services The New York City Subway system has 27 different train routes, some with multiple patterns. ... A 1941 view of a sign for the Eighth Avenue Subway The Eighth Avenue Line is the original rapid transit line of the Independent Subway System (IND), now run by the New York City Transit Authority as part of the New York City Subway system. ... The A Eighth Avenue Express and C Eighth Avenue Local are two services of the New York City Subway. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... City Hall is the original southern terminal of the first line of the New York City Subway, built for Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) and named the Manhattan Main Line, and now part of the Lexington Avenue Line. ... City Hall Station has a single island platform serviced by the BMT Broadway Line local, currently consisting of the R and W trains. ... Times Square–42nd Street is the busiest station complex of the New York City Subway, joining four lines, with a free transfer via a passageway to a fifth (42nd Street-Port Authority Bus Terminal on the A C (1234) E (IND Eighth Avenue Line)). It lies under Times Square, at... 168th Street, or 168th Street–Washington Heights, is a station on the IRT Broadway-Seventh Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. ... The Bronx is one of the five boroughs of New York City. ... 242nd Street–Van Cortlandt Park is the northern terminal station on the IRT Broadway-Seventh Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards and make it easier to understand, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Inwood–207th Street (formerly Washington Heights–207th Street) is the northern terminal of the IND Eighth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. ...


On the surface, MTA New York City Transit's M1, M4, M5, M6, M7, M10, M20, M100, M104, Bx7 and Bx20 bus services all use Broadway. The Broadway and Seventh Avenue Railroad and Broadway Surface Railroad streetcar lines used to use Broadway. The New York City Transit Authority (also known as NYCTA, NYCT or simply the TA for Transit Authority) is a New York State Authority that operates buses and subway trains in New York City. ... The Mother Hale bus depot is located on Lenox Avenue & West 146th Street in the neighborhood of Harlem of Manhattan, New York, though it is part of the Bronx Division. ... Manhattanville Bus Depot logo. ... Manhattanville Bus Depot logo. ... Michael J. Quill Bus Depot sticker. ... The Mother Hale bus depot is located on Lenox Avenue & West 146th Street in the neighborhood of Harlem of Manhattan, New York, though it is part of the Bronx Division. ... Manhattanville Bus Depot logo. ... Michael J. Quill Bus Depot sticker. ... The Kingsbridge Bus Depot is located on 10th Avenue and West 216th Street off of Broadway in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. ... Manhattanville Bus Depot logo. ... The Kingsbridge Bus Depot is located on 10th Avenue and West 216th Street off of Broadway in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. ... The Kingsbridge Bus Depot is located on 10th Avenue and West 216th Street off of Broadway in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. ... a historic postcard showing electric trolley-powered streetcars in Richmond, Virginia, where Frank J. Sprague successfully demonstrated his new system on the hills in 1888 A streetcar is a railway vehicle designed to carry passengers on tracks, usually laid in city streets. ...


See also

The Grand Central Hotel, later renamed The Broadway Central Hotel was a hotel on Broadway, in New York City. ... The Singer Building at Liberty Street and Broadway in Manhattan, New York was an office building completed in 1908 as the headquarters of the Singer Sewing Machine Company. ... Trinity Church Close-up of Trinity Church Trinity Church, at the corner of Broadway and Wall Street in New York City, viewed from the World Trade Center A glimpse of New York from Trinity Church steeple. ... The Winter Garden Theatre is a Broadway theatre. ... The Woolworth Building, at sixty stories, is one of the oldest — and one of the most famous — skyscrapers in New York City. ...

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