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This article covers numbered east-west streets in Manhattan, New York City. Major streets have their own linked articles; minor streets are discussed here. The streets do not run exactly east-west, because the grid plan is aligned with the Hudson River rather than with the cardinal directions. "West" is approximately 29 degrees north of true west.

The numbered streets carry crosstown traffic. In general, even-numbered streets are one-way eastbound and odd-numbered streets are one-way west. Several exceptions reverse this. Most wider streets carry two-way traffic, as do a few of the narrow ones.

Streets' names change from West to East (for instance, East 10th Street to West 10th Street) at Broadway below 8th Street, and at Fifth Avenue from 8th Street and above.

Although the numbered streets begin just north of East Houston Street in the East Village, they generally do not extend west into Greenwich Village, which already had streets when the grid plan was laid out by the Commissioners' Plan of 1811. Streets that do continue farther west change directions before reaching the Hudson River. The grid covers the length of the island from 14th Street north. (13th Street would be the southernmost numbered street to cover the entire width of Manhattan without changing directions, but it diverts northward as it meets 8th Avenue.)

The highest street number in Manhattan is 228th Street, but the numbering continues in the Bronx up to 263rd Street.[1]


1st Street – 7th Street

East 1st Street begins just north of East Houston Street at Avenue A and continues to Bowery. Peretz Square, a small triangular sliver park where Houston Street, First Street and First Avenue meet marks the spot where the grid takes hold.[2]

The east end of these streets is Avenue D, except for the aforementioned East 1st Street and East 6th Street, which connects to FDR Drive.

The west end of these streets is Bowery and Third Avenue, except for 3rd Street (formerly Amity Place; to Sixth Avenue) and 4th Street (to 13th Street), which extend west and north, respectively, into Greenwich Village. Great Jones Street connects East 3rd to West 3rd.

East 5th Street is cut into three parts. 1st part is from Avenue D and ends on a dead end after Avenue C. Then it goes from Avenue B to Avenue A, and the 3rd part is from 1st Avenue to Cooper Square.

Lengths of streets

Street Start End Length
1st Street Avenue A/E Houston Street Bowery 0.6 kilometres (0.37 mi)
2nd Street Avenue D/E Houston Street Bowery 1.3 kilometres (0.81 mi)
3rd Street Avenue D Bowery 1.3 kilometres (0.81 mi)
4th Street Avenue D W 13th Street 3.1 kilometres (1.9 mi)
5th Street Avenue D Cooper Square/3rd Avenue 1 kilometre (0.62 mi)
6th Street FDR Drive Cooper Square/3rd Avenue 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi)
7th Street Avenue D 3rd Avenue 1.3 kilometres (0.81 mi)

8th Street and 9th Street

8th and 9th Streets run parallel to each other, beginning at Avenue D, interrupted by Tompkins Square Park at Avenue B, resuming at Avenue A and continuing to Sixth Avenue. West 8th Street is an important local shopping street. 8th Street between Avenue A and 3rd Avenue is called St Mark's Place, but it is counted in the length below.

M8 bus route operates eastbound on 8th Street and westbound on 9th Street between Avenue A and Sixth Avenue.

Lengths of streets

Street Start End Length
8th Street Avenue D 6th Avenue 2 kilometres (1.2 mi)
9th Street Avenue D 6th Avenue 2 kilometres (1.2 mi)

10th Street to 13th Street

10th Street (40°44′03″N 74°00′11″W / 40.7342580°N 74.0029670°W / 40.7342580; -74.0029670) begins at the FDR Drive and Avenue C. West of Sixth Avenue, it turns southward about 40 degrees to join the Greenwich Village street grid and continue to West Street on the Hudson River. Because West 4th Street turns northward at Sixth Avenue, it intersects 10th, 11th and 12th and 13th Streets in the West Village. The M8 bus operates on 10th Street in both directions between Avenue D and Avenue A, and eastbound between West Street and Sixth Avenue. 10th Street has an eastbound bike lane from West Street to the East River. In 2009, the two-way section of 10th Street between Avenue A and the East River had bicycle markings and sharrows installed, but it still has no dedicated bike lane. West 10th Street was previously named Amos Street for Richard Amos.[3] The end of West 10th Street toward the Hudson River was once the home of Newgate Prison, New York City's first prison and the United States' second.

13th Street is in three parts. The first is a dead end from Avenue C. The second starts at a dead end, just before Avenue B, and runs to Greenwich Avenue, and the third part is from 8th Avenue to 10th Avenue.

Lengths of streets

Street Start End Length
10th Street FDR Drive West Street 3.4 kilometres (2.1 mi)
11th Street Avenue C West Street 2.8 kilometres (1.7 mi)
12th Street Avenue C West Street 3.1 kilometres (1.9 mi)
13th Street Avenue C dead end 0.3 kilometres (0.19 mi)
13th Street dead end (Av B) 10th Avenue 3 kilometres (1.9 mi)

14th Street

Main article: 14th Street (Manhattan)

14th Street is a main numbered street in Manhattan. It begins at Avenue C and ends at West Street. Its length is 3.4 km (2.1 mi). It has six subway stations:

From Avenue A or Avenue C to West Street there is service M14AD bus.

15th and 16th Streets

15th Street starts at FDR Drive, and 16th Street starts at a dead end half way between FDR Drive and Avenue C. They are both stopped at Avenue C and continue from 1st Avenue to West Street, stopped again at Union Square, and 16th Street also pauses at Stuyvesant Square.

Lengths of streets

Street Start End Length
15th Street FDR Drive Avenue C 0.3 kilometres (0.19 mi)
15th Street 1st Avenue West Street 2.4 kilometres (1.5 mi)
16th Street Dead end (Av C) Avenue C 0.2 kilometres (0.12 mi)
16th Street 1st Avenue West Street 2.9 kilometres (1.8 mi)

17th to 19th Streets

17th, 18th and 19th Streets start at 1st Avenue and finish at 11th Avenue.

On 17th Street (40°44′08″N 73°59′12″W / 40.735532°N 73.986575°W / 40.735532; -73.986575), traffic runs one way along the street, from east to west excepting the stretch between Broadway and Park Avenue South, where traffic runs in both directions.[4] It forms the northern borders of both Union Square (between Broadway and Park Avenue South) and Stuyvesant Square. Composer Antonín Dvořák's New York home was located at 327 East 17th Street, near Perlman Place. The house was razed by Beth Israel Medical Center after it received approval of a 1991 application to demolish the house and replace it with an AIDS hospice.[5] Time Magazine was started at 141 East 17th Street.[6]

18th Street has a local subway station at the crossing with 7th Avenue, served by the 1 2 trains on the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line. There used to be an 18th Street station on the IRT Lexington Avenue Line at the crossing with Park Avenue South.

On the part of 19th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues, the travel direction is different.

Lengths of streets

Street Start End Length
17th Street 1st Avenue 11th Avenue 2.6 kilometres (1.6 mi)
18th Street 1st Avenue 11th Avenue 2.6 kilometres (1.6 mi)
19th Street 1st Avenue 11th Avenue 2.6 kilometres (1.6 mi)

20th to 22nd Streets

20th Street starts at Avenue C, and 21st and 22nd Streets begin at First Avenue. They all end at Eleventh Avenue. Travel on the last block of the 20th, 21st and 22nd Streets, between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, is in the opposite direction than it is on the rest of the respective street. 20th Street is very wide from the Avenue C to First Avenue.

Lengths of streets

Street Start End Length
20th Street FDR Drive 11th Avenue 3.1 kilometres (1.9 mi)
21st Street 1st Avenue 11th Avenue 2.7 kilometres (1.7 mi)
22nd Street 1st Avenue 11th Avenue 2.7 kilometres (1.7 mi)

23rd Street

23rd Street is another main numbered street in Manhattan. It begins at FDR Drive and ends at 11th Avenue. Its length is 3.1 km/1.9m. It has two-way travel. On 23rd Street there are five local subway stations:

  1. redirect trains) on the BMT Broadway Line

Additionally, there is the M23 bus, running through the length of 23rd Street.

24th to 26th Streets

24th Street is in two parts. 24th Street starts at First Avenue and it ends at Madison Avenue, because of Madison Square Park. 25th Street, which is in three parts, starts at FDR Drive, is a pedestrian plaza between Third Avenue and Lexington Avenue, and ends at Madison. Then West 24th and 25th Streets continue from 5th Avenue to 11th Avenue (25th) or 12th Avenue (24th).

26th Street is all in one part and after reaching FDR Drive bends and runs parallel to FDR Drive up to 30th Street.

27th Street

27th Street is a one-way street runs from Second Avenue to the West Side Highway with an interruption between Eighth Avenue and Tenth Avenue. It is most noted for its strip between 10th and 11th Avenues, known as Club Row because it features numerous nightclubs and lounges.[7]

Some of the most notable venues are Marquee, Bungalow 8, Suzie Wong, Cain, Guesthouse, Pink Elephant, and Home.

In recent years, the nightclubs on West 27th Street have succumbed to stiff competition from Manhattan's Meatpacking District about fifteen blocks south, and other venues in downtown Manhattan.

Heading east, 27th Street passes through Chelsea Park between 10th and 9th Avenues, with the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) on the corner of 8th. On Madison Avenue between 26th and 27th streets, on the site of the old Madison Square Garden, is the New York Life Building, built in 1928 and designed by Cass Gilbert, with a square tower topped by a striking gilded pyramid. Twenty-Seventh Street passes one block north of Madison Square Park and culminates at Bellevue Hospital Center on 1st Avenue.

Lengths of streets

Street Start End Length
24th Street 1st Avenue Madison Avenue 0.9 kilometres (0.56 mi)
24th Street 5th Avenue 12th Avenue 1.9 kilometres (1.2 mi)
25th Street FDR Drive Madison Avenue 1.2 kilometres (0.75 mi)
25th Street 5th Avenue 11th Avenue 1.7 kilometres (1.1 mi)
26th Street 30th Street/FDR Drive 12th Avenue 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi)
27th Street 2nd Avenue 8th Avenue 1.7 kilometres (1.1 mi)
27th Street 9th Avenue 12th Avenue 0.8 kilometres (0.50 mi)

28th Street

Three local subway stations:

  1. redirect trains) on the BMT Broadway Line at Broadway.


31st and 32nd Streets

31st Street begins on the West Side at the West Side Yard, while 32nd Street, which includes a segment officially known as Korea Way between Fifth Avenue and Broadway in Manhattan's Koreatown, begins at the entrance to Penn Station and Madison Square Garden. On the East Side, both streets end at Second Avenue at Kips Bay Towers and NYU Medical Center which occupy the area between 30th and 33rd Streets.

33rd Street

For subway and PATH stations, see 34th Street

34th Street

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42nd Street

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47th Street

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50th Street

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51st Street

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52nd Street

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53rd Street

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54th Street

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55th Street

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57th Street

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58th Street

A section of East 58th Street 40°45′40.3″N 73°57′56.9″W / 40.761194°N 73.965806°W / 40.761194; -73.965806 between Lexington and Second Avenues is known as Designers' Way and features a number of high end interior design and decoration establishments, including

  • Architects and Designers (A & D) Building
  • Urban Archeology
  • Foundry Lighting
  • Galerie Van den Akker
  • The Brass Center
  • Holly Hunt
  • Poggenpohl
  • B & B Italia

59th Street

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72nd Street

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79th Street

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85th Street

85th Street is a Westbound-running street between East End Avenue and Riverside Drive in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. 85th Street provides access to the 85th/86th Street Transverse which runs east-west through Central Park heading between the Upper East Side and Upper West Side.[8]

At Second Avenue a Helmut Jahn apartment highrise "The America" was constructed in 1987, as one of the first Jahn buildings in New York City. Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, a synagogue was founded in 1872, is located on 85th Street, near Lexington Avenue. The lower division of the Ramaz School shares a building with the congregation.

The high-rise apartment building shown in the opening credits of The Jeffersons is located at East 85th Street and Third Avenue.

Mannes College of Music is a music school located on West 85th Street.

86th Street

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90th Street

90th Street is split up into 2 segments. The 1st segment, West 90th Street begins at Riverside Drive and ends at Central Park West or West Drive, when it is open, in Central Park on the Upper West Side. The 2nd segment of East 90th Street begins at East Drive, In Central Park When East Drive is closed, East 90th Street begins at 5th Avenue on the Upper East Side and curves to the right at the FDR Drive becoming East End Avenue Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, is located on East 90th Street between 3rd Avenue and 2nd Avenue, across the street from Ruppert Towers (1601 and 1619 3rd Avenue) and Ruppert Park. Asphalt Green, which is located on East 90th Street between York Avenue and East End Avenue.

96th Street

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110th Street

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112th Street

40°47′53″N 73°56′54″W / 40.798188°N 73.948471°W / 40.798188; -73.948471

112th Street starts in Morningside Heights and runs from Riverside Drive to Amsterdam Avenue, where it meets the steps of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. The street resumes at the eastern edge of Morningside Park and extends through Harlem before ending at First Avenue adjacent Thomas Jefferson Park in East Harlem. Notable locations include:

  • The exterior of John Dewey also lived there.
  • The axis of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine is aligned with 112th Street. The street is interrupted by the cathedral's west front at Amsterdam Avenue, and the iconic east end of the cathedral looms over the street's path where it continues through central Harlem at a lower elevation, east of Morningside Park.
  • A monument to Samuel J. Tilden, the 25th New York governor and Democratic presidential candidate in 1876, stands at the foot of 112th Street along Riverside Drive.

116th Street

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120th Street

40°48′27″N 73°57′18″W / 40.8076°N 73.9549°W / 40.8076; -73.9549 120th Street traverses the neighborhoods of Morningside Heights, Harlem, and Spanish Harlem. It begins on Riverside Drive at the Interchurch Center. It then runs east between the campuses of Barnard College and the Union Theological Seminary, then crosses Broadway and runs between the campuses of Columbia University and Teacher's College. The street is interrupted by Morningside Park. It then continues east, eventually running along the southern edge of Marcus Garvey Park. It then continues through Spanish Harlem nearly to the East River, where it turns North into Paladino Avenue.

122nd Street

40°48′32″N 73°57′14″W / 40.8088°N 73.9540°W / 40.8088; -73.9540 122nd Street is divided into three noncontiguous segments, E 122nd Street, W 122nd Street, and W 122nd Street Seminary Row, by Marcus Garvey Memorial Park and Morningside Park.

E 122nd Street runs four blocks (2,250 feet (690 m)) west from the intersection of Second Avenue and terminates at the intersection of Madison Avenue at Marcus Garvey Memorial Park. This segment runs in East Harlem and crosses portions of Third Avenue, Lexington, and Park (Fourth Avenue).

W 122nd Street runs six blocks (3,280 feet (1,000 m)) west from the intersection of Mount Morris Park West at Marcus Garvey Memorial Park and terminates at the intersection of Morningside Avenue at Morningside Park. This segment runs in the Mount Morris Historical District and crosses portions of Lenox Avenue (Sixth Avenue), Seventh Avenue, Frederick Douglass Boulevard (Eighth Avenue), and Manhattan Avenue.

W 122nd Street Seminary Row runs three blocks (1,500 feet (460 m)) west from the intersection of Amsterdam Avenue (Tenth Avenue) and terminates at the intersection of Riverside Drive. East of Amsterdam, Seminary Row bends south along Morningside Park and is resigned as Morningside Drive (Ninth Avenue). Seminary row runs in Morningside Heights, the district surrounding Columbia University, and crosses portions of Broadway and Claremont Avenue.

Seminary Row is named for the Union Theological Seminary and the Jewish Theological Seminary which it touches. Seminary Row also runs by the Manhattan School of Music, Riverside Church, Sakura Park, Grant's Tomb, and Morningside Park.

122nd Street is mentioned in the movie Taxi Driver by main character Travis Bickle as the location where a fellow cab driver is assaulted with a knife. The street and the surrounding neighborhood of Harlem is then referred to as "Mau Mau Land" by another character named Wizard, slang indicating it's a majority black area.

125th Street

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La Salle Street

40°48′47″N 73°57′27″W / 40.813°N 73.9575°W / 40.813; -73.9575 La Salle Street is a street in West Harlem that runs just two blocks between Amsterdam Avenue and Claremont Avenue. West of Convent Avenue, 125th Street was re-routed onto the old Manhattan Avenue. The original 125th Street west of Convent Avenue was swallowed up to make the super-blocks where the low income housing projects now exist. La Salle Street is the only vestige of the original routing.

130th Street

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132nd Street

40°48′52″N 73°56′53″W / 40.814583°N 73.947944°W / 40.814583; -73.947944 132nd Street runs east-west above Central Park and is located in Harlem just south of Hamilton Heights. The main portion of 132nd Street runs eastbound from Frederick Douglass Boulevard to northern end of Park Avenue where there is a southbound exit from/entrance to the Harlem River Drive. After an interruption from St. Nicholas Park and City College, there is another small stretch of West 132nd Street between Broadway and 12th Avenue

The 132nd Street Community Garden is located on 132nd Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Malcolm X Boulevard. In 1997, the lot received a garden makeover; the Borough President's office funded the installation of a $100,000 water distribution system that keeps the wide variety of trees green. The garden also holds a goldfish pond and several benches. The spirit of the neighborhood lives in gardens like this one, planted and tended by local residents.

The Manhattanville Bus Depot (formerly known as the 132nd Street Bus Depot) is located on West 132nd Street between Broadway and Riverside Drive in the Manhattanville neighborhood.

135th Street

Two subway stations:

137th Street

One local subway station:

139th Street

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145th Street

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148th Street

One subway terminal:

155th Street

155th Street is a major crosstown street considered to form the boundary between Harlem and Washington Heights. It is the northernmost of the 155 crosstown streets mapped out in the Commissioner's Plan of 1811 that established the numbered street grid in Manhattan.[9]

155th Street starts on the West Side at Riverside Drive, crossing Broadway, Amsterdam Avenue and Saint Nicholas Avenue. At Saint Nicholas Place, the terrain drops off steeply, and 155th Street is carried on a 1,600-foot (490 m) long viaduct, a City Landmark constructed in 1893, that slopes down towards the Harlem River, continuing onto the Macombs Dam Bridge, crossing over (but not intersecting with) the Harlem River Drive.[10] A separate, unconnected section of 155th Street runs under the viaduct, connecting Bradhurst Avenue and the Harlem River Drive.

The New York City Subway serves 155th Street on the IND Eighth Avenue and Concourse Lines. Points of interest include:

157th Street

One local subway station:

163rd Street

One local subway station:

168th Street

A station complex with platforms for two subway lines:

175th Street

One local subway station:

181st Street

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187th Street

40°51′13″N 73°55′56″W / 40.853586°N 73.932233°W / 40.853586; -73.932233

187th Street crosses Washington Heights and running from Laurel Hill Terrace in the east to Chittenden Avenue in the west near the George Washington Bridge and Hudson River. The street is interrupted by a long set of stairs east of Fort Washington Avenue leading to the Broadway valley. West of there, it is mostly lined with store fronts and serves as a main shopping district for the Hudson Heights neighborhood. [13]

187th Street intersects with, from East to West, Laurel Hill Terrace, Amsterdam Avenue, Audubon Avenue, Saint Nicholas Avenue, Wadsworth Avenue, Broadway, Bennett Avenue, Overlook Terrace, Fort Washington Avenue, Pinehurst Avenue, Cabrini Boulevard and Chittenden Avenue.

Amongst the many institutions on 187th Street are Mount Sinai Jewish Center and the uptown campus of Yeshiva University. The local public elementary school P.S. 187 is located on Cabrini Boulevard, just north of the eponymous 187th Street [14]

190th Street

One local subway station:

191st Street

One local subway station:

207th Street

Two local subway stations:

215th Street

One local subway station:

See also

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