New York is one of the biggest cities in the world, with countless museums, shops, and tourist attractions. In fact, there’s so much for visitors to do that it can be a little overwhelming. Here at City Tales Sightseeing, we’re experts in all things New York, with a range of guided New York City tours for you to choose from. So, we know a thing or two about the city that never sleeps. If you’re a little overwhelmed when planning your NYC trip, focusing on a few of New York’s most famous streets may be a great way to figure out what you want to see most and what you actually have time for. We’ve put together this short guide to New York’s most famous streets, looking at Fifth Avenue, Bleecker Street, Madison Avenue, and Broadway!
The world famous shopping street in Manhattan, Fifth Avenue
Fifth Avenue is perhaps New York’s most famous street. Its fame is due to the beautiful architecture of many of its buildings. Fifth Avenue is home to many of the city’s most famous buildings, such as the Empire State Building, the Flatiron Building (originally the Fuller Building), and the Rockefeller Center! You’ll also find the famous New York Public Library and the stunning St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Fifth Avenue is also famous for its luxury stores and department stores, such as Saks Fifth Avenue and many of the stores in the Rockefeller Center. Even if you can’t really afford the designer clothing and other luxury items available, visiting these stores is a brilliant way to get a feel for the luxury vibe of New York City.
Bleecker Street is in Manhattan and it runs west to east. It gets its name from Anthony Lispenard Bleecker, a banker, and father of the famous writer Anthony Bleecker. Historically, Bleecker Street was a center for the American bohemians — the Beat Generation made famous by writers like Alan Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac.
Today, Bleecker Street is famous for being part of Greenwich Village’s thriving nightclub scene, with several of New York City’s biggest nightclubs, such as The Bitter End, and (Le) Poisson Rouge. (Le) Poisson Rouge has live music and cabaret shows, as well as Avant Garde music, comedy, theatre, and burlesque shows.
Madison Avenue is also in Manhattan (seeing a pattern here?). It runs north-south from the famous Madison Square down to Harlem River Drive. Madison Avenue has some of the World’s biggest advertising agencies, so the term ‘Madison Avenue’ is often used to refer to the entire American advertising industry. As such, Madison Avenue is the setting of AMC’s popular show Mad Men, which focuses on the American advertising industry in the 1950s.
Fifth Avenue, Madison Avenue, and Broadway all join at Madison Square; the square and the avenue are named after James Madison, the 4th president of the United States. Madison Square Garden is a huge indoor arena used for basketball games, hockey matches, and music concerts. Madison Square Garden is the second busiest music venue in the world, second only to London’s O2 Arena.
One of the many amazing shows on Broadway
Broadway runs through Manhattan and the Bronx. It’s the oldest north-south avenue in the city. It’s so old, in fact, that it dates back when the city was known as New Amsterdam. However, the avenue was not called Broadway until the late 1800s. Broadway is the epicenter of the American theater industry and the term ‘Broadway’ is often used to refer to the entire industry as well as to the impressive New York City street. Broadway is the perfect location for anyone interested in the theater industry and is keen to spot a few actors and actresses and see a show!
Broadway crosses through Lower Manhattan, Midtown Manhattan, the Upper West Side, and the Bronx, which makes it one of the best streets for tourists keen to get a feel for various parts of the city. If you visit Broadway on your next trip to New York City, make sure to look out for the Morgan Stanley Building (1585 Broadway), the stunning art deco Paramount Building (1501 Broadway), and the elegant Trinity Church (79 Broadway).
We hope you’ve found this short guide useful and informative. It’s difficult to imagine a fulfilling visit to New York City without visiting at least one of the streets mentioned in this blog post. If you’re interested in experiencing everything New York City has to offer, you may also like to go on our Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island tour, or our 9/11 Museum and World Trade Center Area tour. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our tours. We wish you the best of luck planning your next big New York City adventure!
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