34th Street (Manhattan)

34th Street (Manhattan)

34th Street is a major cross-town street in the New York City borough of Manhattan, connecting the Lincoln Tunnel and Queens-Midtown Tunnel. Like many of New York City's major crosstown streets, it has its own bus lines (M16 and M34) and four subway stops serving the NYCS service|A, NYCS service|C and NYCS service|E trains at Eighth Avenue, the NYCS service|1, NYCS service|2 and NYCS service|3 trains at Seventh Avenue, the NYCS service|B, NYCS service|D, NYCS service|F, NYCS service|V, NYCS service|N, NYCS service|Q, NYCS service|R, NYCS service|W and PATH trains at Herald Square, and the NYCS service|6 train at Park Avenue.

A walk down 34th Street, west to east

At the west end of the street one finds the Hudson River, the New York Waterway ferry dock, the West 34th Street Heliport, the Hudson River Greenway, the West Side Highway, and the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City's main convention center. On the West Side, 34th Street is in the neighborhood Hell's Kitchen and overlooks the West Side railway yard. On Tenth Avenue is a McDonald's with a drive-through and (a rarity in Manhattan) its own small parking lot. On Ninth is B&H Photo Video, a large retailer of photographic and electronic equipment.

Further east at Eighth and 33rd, the Post Office and the new Penn Station dominate on the south side of the street, and one may catch Amtrak trains to destinations all over the United States and Canada. Above Penn Station sits Madison Square Garden, which calls itself "the world's most famous arena". The grand stairs of the James Farley Post Office are built on the scale of the old (and much missed) Penn Station. The architecture of the post office gives a flavor of what the area was like in the height of the railroad era.

34th Street is a major shopping street. Though it endured a decline in the 1970s, it rebounded late in the 20th century with new stores and new energy. A giant video board and light display at 34th and Broadway is like a mini Times Square. Between Seventh Avenue and Broadway, one will find Macy's, the famous department store immortalized in the Christmas movie "Miracle on 34th Street". It claims to be the "world's largest store." The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade ends on 34th Street. A block south of 34th, at Sixth Avenue and 33d, is the Manhattan Mall, an indoor shopping mall built inside what had been the flagship location of the Gimbel's department store. Branches of large chain stores also operate between 8th and 5th Avenues.

East of Herald Square and the hectic shopping district, the influence of the East Side and the sedate corporate office towers of the neighborhoods Kips Bay and Murray Hill starts to take hold. On Fifth Avenue one finds the Empire State Building. The tallest building in the city, it stands on a rare ledge of solid Manhattan schist dominating the skyline. At the far end one finds bulky luxury residential buildings and a great number of dogs patronizing the pet care parlors that serve the pure-bred loving populations of Kips Bay, which is the name of both the neighborhood and its eponymous bend in the East River where 34th Street ends. At the riverbank are FDR Drive, the East River Greenway for bicycling to the south end of Manhattan, a filling station, a small parking lot for New York University, docks for ferries to New Jersey and elsewhere, and Stuyvesant Cove Park.

Places along 34th Street

Places located along 34th Street include (from west to east):
*Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
*Manhattan Center
*Hammerstein Ballroom
*New Yorker Hotel
*One Penn Plaza
*Manhattan Mall
*Herald Square
*Empire State Building
*Sy Syms School of Business
*St. Vartan Cathedral
*Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine of New York University Medical Center

Intersections from east to west

*FDR Drive
*First Avenue
*Second Avenue
*Third Avenue
*Lexington Avenue
*Park Avenue
*Madison Avenue
*Fifth Avenue - East 34th Street becomes West 34th Street
*Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas)
*Seventh Avenue
*Eighth Avenue
*Ninth Avenue
*Dyer Avenue - Lincoln Tunnel access
*Tenth Avenue
*Eleventh Avenue
*West Side Highway

ubway stations

*34th Street–Herald Square (New York City Subway)
*34th Street–Penn Station (IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line)
*34th Street–Penn Station (IND Eighth Avenue Line)

ee also

* Manhattan streets, 23-42
* "Miracle on 34th Street"
* Koreatown
* Kips Bay

External links

* [http://www.nysonglines.com New York Songlines: 34th Street] , a virtual walking tour

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