The Info List - Central Park West

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Eighth Avenue

Facing north from 32nd Street

Other name(s) Central Park
Central Park
West (59th-110th Sts) Douglass Boulevard (north of 110th St)

Owner City of New York

Maintained by NYCDOT

Length 7.8 mi[1] (12.6 km)

Location Manhattan, New York City

South end Hudson / Bleecker Streets in West Village

Major junctions Columbus Circle
Columbus Circle
in Midtown Frederick Douglass Circle
Frederick Douglass Circle
in Harlem

North end Harlem
River Drive in Washington Heights

East Greenwich Avenue
Greenwich Avenue
& 4th Street (below 14th Street) Seventh Avenue (14th -59th Streets) West Drive (59th-110th Streets) Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard
Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard
(above 110th Street)

West Hudson Street (below 14th Street) Ninth Avenue (14th-59th Streets) Columbus Avenue (59th-100th Streets) Manhattan
Avenue (100th-124th Streets) St. Nicholas Avenue
St. Nicholas Avenue
(above 124th Street)


Commissioned March 1811

The Hearst Tower at West 57th Street and Eighth Avenue

Eighth Avenue is a major north-south avenue on the west side of Manhattan
in New York City, carrying northbound traffic below 59th Street. While the avenue has different names at different points in Manhattan, it is actually one continuous stretch of road.


1 Description

1.1 Southernmost section 1.2 Central Park
Central Park
West 1.3 Frederick Douglass Boulevard

2 Points of interest 3 Gallery 4 References 5 External links

Description[edit] Eighth Avenue begins in the West Village neighborhood at Abingdon Square (where Hudson Street becomes 8th Avenue at an intersection with Bleecker Street) and runs north for 44 blocks through Chelsea, the Garment District, Hell's Kitchen's east end, Midtown and the Broadway theatre district in the eponymous neighborhood, before it finally enters Columbus Circle
Columbus Circle
at 59th Street and becomes Central Park
Central Park
West. North of Frederick Douglass Circle, it resumes its Eighth Avenue designation, but is also known as Frederick Douglass Boulevard. The avenue ends north of 155th Street, and merges into the Harlem
River Drive. The New York City
New York City
Subway IND Eighth Avenue Line
IND Eighth Avenue Line
(A, ​C, and ​E trains in Lower Manhattan
and the A, ​B, ​C, and ​D trains in Upper Manhattan) runs under Eighth Avenue.[2][3] MTA Regional Bus Operations
MTA Regional Bus Operations
primarily operates two bus routes on the avenue. The northbound M20 serves Eighth Avenue between Abingdon Square and Columbus Circle, while the M10 serves the length of Eighth Avenue north of 59th Street in its entirety.[4] Southernmost section[edit] The southernmost section is known solely as Eighth Avenue between Abingdon Square
Abingdon Square
and Columbus Circle. This portion of Eighth Avenue has carried traffic one-way northbound since June 6, 1954.[5] Since the 1990s, the stretch of Eighth Avenue that runs through Greenwich Village
Greenwich Village
and its adjacent Chelsea neighborhood has been a center of the city's gay community, with bars and restaurants catering to gay men. In fact, New York City's annual gay pride parade takes place along the Greenwich Village
Greenwich Village
section of Eighth Avenue. Also, along with Times Square, the portion of Eighth Avenue from 42nd Street to 50th Street was an informal red-light district in the late 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s before it was controversially renovated into a more family friendly environment under the first mayoral administration of Rudolph Giuliani. Central Park
Central Park
West[edit] For the 1995–96 soap opera, see Central Park
Central Park
West (TV series). For the historic district, see Central Park
Central Park
West Historic District.

The American Museum of Natural History

Housing cooperatives on CPW. The San Remo
The San Remo
on the right, The Langham right from center, The Dakota
The Dakota
left from center, and The Majestic on the far left.

North of Columbus Circle, the roadway becomes Central Park
Central Park
West; unlike many Manhattan
avenues, CPW has traffic running in two directions, and has addresses inconsistent with those of the rest of Eighth Avenue. As its name indicates, CPW forms the western edge of Central Park. It also forms the eastern boundary of the Upper West Side. It runs 51 blocks from Columbus Circle
Columbus Circle
(at 59th Street, or Central Park
Central Park
South) to Frederick Douglass Circle
Frederick Douglass Circle
(at 110th Street, or Cathedral Parkway). The gates into Central Park
Central Park
along its western edge are: Merchants Gate at 59th Street, Women's Gate at 72nd, Naturalists Gate at 77th, Hunters Gate at 81st, Mariners Gate at 85th, Gate of All Saints at 96th, Boys Gate at 100th, and Strangers Gate at 106th. Central Park
Central Park
West's expensive housing rivals that of Fifth Avenue
Fifth Avenue
on the Upper East Side. Central Park
Central Park
West is the address of several famous residences, including The Dakota
The Dakota
(where John Lennon
John Lennon
lived with Yoko Ono, who still resides there,[6] and outside of which he was murdered in 1980[7]), The San Remo
The San Remo
(home to U2's Bono, Demi Moore, Diane Keaton, and Steve Martin), The El Dorado, The Beresford
The Beresford
(home to Jerry Seinfeld,[8] and Diana Ross[8]), The Langham, The Century, 15 Central Park
Central Park
West (home to Sting,[9] Alex Rodriguez[9] and Ekaterina Rybolovleva,[10]), 41 Central Park
Central Park
West (home to Madonna), 455 Central Park
Central Park
West, The St. Urban, and The Majestic (which was home to some of the former heads of the Genovese crime family, including Meyer Lansky, Lucky Luciano
Lucky Luciano
and Frank Costello. In 1957, Vincent "The Chin" Gigante shot Frank Costello in the lobby of The Majestic in a failed assassination attempt[11][12]). According to New York Times
New York Times
architecture critic Paul Goldberger, the street's buildings, both the new ones like 15 Central Park
Central Park
West and the old ones such as The Century, "fit together the same way the ones in that hypothetical Main Street do, and for the same reason. For more than a hundred years, their architects honor the unspoken agreement to work together, to line their buildings up with each other and to work in a consistent scale with materials that are compatible."[13] Most of these housing cooperatives were built around 1930, replacing late 19th century hotels with the same names. Some, including The Century, The San Remo, and The Majestic, are twin towers. Other landmarks and institutions along its length include the New-York Historical Society and the American Museum of Natural History. The area from 61st to 97th Streets is included in the Central Park
Central Park
West Historic District.[14] The building located at 55 Central Park
Central Park
West is the infamous "Spook Central" from the movie Ghostbusters.[15][16] The famed New York City restaurant Tavern on the Green
Tavern on the Green
is located off of Central Park
Central Park
West, at 66th Street, within the grounds of Central Park.[17][18] In 1899, while exiting a streetcar, Henry Bliss was run over by a taxi at CPW and West 74th Street, becoming the first person to be run down and killed by a motor car in the Americas.[19]

Police station at 148th Street

Frederick Douglass Boulevard[edit] North of Frederick Douglass Circle
Frederick Douglass Circle
at 110th Street in Harlem, it is Frederick Douglass Boulevard, though sometimes still unofficially referred to as Eighth Avenue. Frederick Douglass Boulevard eventually terminates near the Harlem
River at the Harlem
River Drive around West 159th Street. While Central Park
Central Park
West has its own address system, address numbers on Frederick Douglass Boulevard continue from where they would be if Central Park
Central Park
West used the Eighth Avenue numbering system. The corridor along Frederick Douglass Boulevard was reallocated in 2003, allowing for larger residential buildings of greater density, and resulting in the construction of condominiums, rental buildings, restaurants, and cafes. Formerly described as being "like Detroit" in its urban blight, it is now gentrified,[20] especially in the restaurants along its route, giving it the nickname "Restaurant Row".[21][22] This gentrification is partly due to massive city investment. According to The New York Times, the demographic has changed as well:

A 2007-2011 census survey estimated that 61 percent of the 57,897 people living along and around Eighth were black, down from 74 percent in 2000. The share of whites jumped to 12.4 percent from 2.3 percent. Median household income rose 28 percent, to $34,694.[20]

Points of interest[edit]

The Fashion Institute of Technology
Fashion Institute of Technology
(at 26th/27th Streets) Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden
and Penn Station (between 31st and 33rd Streets) James Farley Post Office The New York Times
New York Times
Building at 40th Street The Port Authority Bus Terminal
Port Authority Bus Terminal
(between 40th and 42nd Streets) One Worldwide Plaza Hearst Tower Soros Foundation
Soros Foundation
and Open Society Institute
Open Society Institute
headquarters on West 59th Street 111 Eighth Avenue, the Art Deco
Art Deco
former Inland Freight Terminal of the Port Authority, is the eighth-largest commercial structure in Manhattan,[23] hosting the East Coast headquarters of Google.


The north building of the Port Authority Bus Terminal
Port Authority Bus Terminal
at West 42nd Street

The James Farley Post Office, between West 31st and 33rd Street, will be partially converted into a replacement for the current Penn Station

The original New York Cancer Hospital,[24] built between 1884 and 1886, now housing, at 455 Central Park
Central Park
West and 106th Street

The former Inland Freight Terminal at 111 Eighth Avenue, now home to Google

References[edit] Notes

^ Google
(September 13, 2015). "Eighth Avenue / Central Park West / Frederick Douglass Boulevard" (Map). Google
Maps. Google. Retrieved September 13, 2015.  ^ Dougherty, Peter (2002). Tracks of the New York City
New York City
Subway. Peter Dougherty. OCLC 49777633.  ^ "NYC Subway Map" (PDF). MTA. Retrieved 2014-06-06.  ^ " Manhattan
Bus Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 2017. Retrieved July 17, 2017.  ^ Ingraham, Joseph (June 7, 1954). "7TH AND 8TH AVES. SHIFT TO ONE-WAY". The New York Times. Retrieved August 28, 2012.  ^ Weiss, Shari (December 8, 2010). " Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono
on anniversary of John Lennon's death: I still can't bear to leave our home at The Dakota". Daily News (New York). ^ "Lennon's murder". jfkmontreal.com. Archived October 19, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. ^ a b Clarke, Katherine, "Beresford Wants Hot Dog Vendor Off Its Corner", TheRealDeal.com, August 30, 2012 ^ a b Moritz, Owen (February 28, 2010). "A-Rod joins Sting, Denzel Washington, other rich and famous at 15 Central Park
Central Park
West, Owen Moritz" Archived 2010-03-01 at WebCite. Daily News (New York). ^ Na Zdarovia Dmitry Rybolovlev! Fertilizer Kingpin Buys Sandy Weill’s $88 M. Penthouse, New York Observer, December 18, 2011. ^ Gray, Christopher (August 12, 2007). "Where the Name Says It All". The New York Times. Retrieved September 8, 2011.  ^ Burrough, Bryan. Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933–34.  ^ Goldberger, Paul (2009). Why Architecture Matters. New Haven: Yale University Press. p. 216. ISBN 9780300144307.  ^ National Park Service
National Park Service
(2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.  ^ Gaines, Steven. "One Apartment, 75 Years," New York Magazine, November 7, 2005. Retrieved April 3, 2007. ^ Aykroyd, Dan and Ramis, Harold. Reitman, Ivan, Director. Ghostbusters
(Film). New York City: Columbia Pictures. , June 8, 1984. ^ Tavern on the Green
Tavern on the Green
profile and articles at The New York Times ^ Tavern on the Green ^ Fatally hurt by automobile, New York Times
New York Times
article, September 14, 1899. ^ a b Gill, John F. (December 31, 2013). "Frederick Douglass Boulevard: Newly Revived". The New York Times. Retrieved October 24, 2014.  ^ "A Boulevard in Harlem
Undergoes a Resurgence". The New York Times. December 3, 2012. Retrieved October 24, 2014.  ^ "Harlem's Frederick Douglass Blvd. is home to a restaurant renaissance". NY Daily News. January 5, 2014. Retrieved October 24, 2014.  ^ "Commercial Real Estate; Behemoth of a Building Is Set for a Tenant Influx". New York Times. November 19, 1997.  ^ Barbanel, Josh. "Would an Aardvark Live Here?" The New York Times, September 17, 2006. Accessed December 31, 2009.

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to 8th Avenue (Manhattan).

New York Songlines: Eighth Avenue, a virtual walking tour

v t e

Central Park


Geographical features

Cedar Hill Cherry Hill Conservatory Garden Conservatory Water Great Lawn / Turtle Pond Harlem
Meer Onassis Reservoir The Pond and Hallett Nature Sanctuary The Ramble and Lake Seneca Village Sheep Meadow


107th Infantry Memorial Alexander Hamilton Balto Christopher Columbus Cleopatra's Needle Daniel Webster Eagles and Prey The Falconer Fitz-Greene Halleck Frederick Douglass Memorial Giuseppe Mazzini Indian Hunter King Jagiello Monument Robert Burns Romeo and Juliet Samuel Finley Breese Morse Seventh Regiment Memorial Sir Walter Scott The Gates
The Gates
(former) The Tempest Untermyer Fountain USS Maine National Monument Victor Herbert William Shakespeare

Other features

Arsenal Belvedere Castle Bethesda Terrace and Fountain Blockhouse Bridges Burnett Memorial Fountain Carousel Delacorte Theater Diana Ross
Diana Ross
Playground Fort Clinton Lasker Rink Mall Marionette Theatre McGowan's Pass McGown's Pass Tavern Pug Hill Richard Morris Hunt Memorial Rumsey Playfield Strawberry Fields Tavern on the Green Victorian Gardens Wollman Rink Zoo

Escape hoax Zoo York
Zoo York
Wall Zoo York


Be-Ins The Concert UAE Healthy Kidney 10K New York Mini 10K Concerto: One Night in Central Park Shakespeare in the Park SummerStage

Neighboring features


Border Streets

Fifth (East) North South West


66th 79th 85th 97th

Subway stations

Fifth Avenue–59th Street 59th Street–Columbus Circle 72nd Street 81st Street 86th Street 96th Street 103rd Street Cathedral Parkway–110th Street Central Park
Central Park
North–110th Street

People and animals

Frederick Law Olmsted Calvert Vaux Hal the Coyote Pale Male Pattycake


Conservancy Jogger case Medical Unit Popular culture

See also: NYC Parks

v t e

Streets of Manhattan

Commissioners' Plan of 1811 List of eponymous streets in New York City


East Side

FDR Dr Ave D Ave C (Loisaida Ave) Ave B / East End Ave Ave A / York Ave / Sutton Pl / Pleasant Ave Asser Levy Pl / Beekman Pl 1st Ave 2nd Ave Shevchenko Pl 3rd Ave Irving Pl / Lexington Ave Park Ave

Tunnel Viaduct 4th Ave / Park Ave S

Broadway Vanderbilt Ave Madison Ave 5th Ave / Museum Mile

West Side

5th Ave / Museum Mile Rockefeller Plz 6th Ave / Ave of the Americas / Lenox Ave / Malcolm X Blvd / East Dr 6½ Ave Center Dr 7th Ave / Fashion Ave / Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd / West Dr / Shubert Alley 8th Ave / Central Park
Central Park
W / Douglas Blvd 9th Ave / Columbus Ave / Morningside Dr Dyer Ave / Lincoln Tunnel Expwy 10th Ave / Amsterdam Ave Broadway Hudson Blvd 11th Ave / West End Ave Riverside Dr 12th Ave 13th Ave Audubon Ave St. Nicholas Ave / Duarte Blvd Claremont Ave Ft. Washington Ave Cabrini Blvd Sylvan Pl

Lower East Side

Allen / Pike Baxter / Centre Market Pl Bowery Centre Division Chrystie Coenties Slip Eldridge Street Elizabeth Essex Forsyth Lafayette Doyers Rivington Ludlow Mott Mulberry Orchard Park Row Spring University Pl

Lower West Side

Church / Trinity Pl Greenwich Hudson Jones Macdougal Patchin Pl Sullivan Gay Thompson Varick Washington W Broadway / LaGuardia Pl Weehawken West Bank



Roosevelt Chambers E Broadway Henry Madison Cherry Worth N Moore Beach Broome Canal Hester Grand Delancey Stanton Houston Vandam 1st–14th

Bleecker Bond Great Jones 4th Waverly Pl / Washington Square N Astor Pl / Washington Mews / Stuyvesant / Macdougal Aly 8th / St. Mark's Pl / Greenwich Ave Christopher Charles 14th



23rd 34th 42nd 45th / George Abbott Way 47th 50th 51st 52nd / Swing Alley / St of Jazz 53rd 54th 55th 57th 59th / Central Park
Central Park



66th / Peter Jennings Way 72nd 74th 79th 85th 86th 89th 93rd 95th 96th 110th / Cathedral Pkwy / Central Park
Central Park
N 112th 116th 120th 122nd / Mother Hale Way / Seminary Row 125th / Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd 130th / Astor Row 132nd 135th 139th / Strivers' Row 145th 155th 181st 187th Bogardus Pl Dyckman Plaza Lafayette



Columbus Duke Ellington Frederick Douglass


Chatham Cooper Duarte Duffy Foley Gramercy Grand Army Hanover Herald Hudson Jackson Lincoln Madison Mulry Pershing Petrosino Sherman Stuyvesant Times Tompkins Union Verdi Washington Zuccotti

Financial District

Nassau Gold William Broad South Whitehall Bridge Brewers / Stone State Pearl Marketfield Wall Albany Liberty Cortlandt Maiden Dey Fulton Vesey / Ann Theatre Alley

Italics indicate streets no longer in existence. All entries are streets unless otherwise noted See also: Manhattan


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