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Second Avenue

Second Avenue in 2007

Owner City of New York

Maintained by NYCDOT

Length 6.4 mi[1] (10.3 km)

Location Manhattan, New York City

South end Houston / Chrystie Streets in Lower East Side

Major junctions NY 25 (Queensboro Bridge) in East Midtown RFK Bridge
RFK Bridge
in East Harlem

North end Harlem River Drive
Harlem River Drive
/ 128th Street in East Harlem

East First Avenue

West Third Avenue

Construction

Commissioned March 1811

Second Avenue is an avenue on the East Side of the New York City borough of Manhattan
Manhattan
extending from Houston Street
Houston Street
at its south end to the Harlem River Drive
Harlem River Drive
at 128th Street at its north end. A one-way street, vehicular traffic on Second Avenue runs southbound (downtown) only, except for a one-block segment of the avenue in Harlem. South of Houston Street, the roadway continues as Chrystie Street
Chrystie Street
south to Canal Street. A bicycle lane in the left hand portion from 55th to 34th Street closes a gap in the Manhattan
Manhattan
Waterfront Greenway. The bike lane extends from 125th Street all the way down to Houston Street. Second Avenue passes through a number of Manhattan neighborhoods including (from south to north) the Lower East Side, East Village, Gramercy Park, Murray Hill, Upper East Side, Yorkville and Spanish Harlem.

Contents

1 History

1.1 2015 gas explosion

2 Transportation

2.1 Bus service 2.2 Subway 2.3 Bike lane

3 References 4 External links

History[edit]

Second Avenue facing north from 42nd Street in 1861

Downtown Second Avenue in the Lower East Side
Lower East Side
was the home to many Yiddish theatre
Yiddish theatre
productions during the early part of the 20th century, and Second Avenue came to be known as the "Yiddish Theater District", "Yiddish Broadway", or the "Jewish Rialto". Although the theaters are gone, many traces of Jewish immigrant culture remain, such as kosher delicatessens and bakeries, and the famous Second Avenue Deli
Second Avenue Deli
(which closed in 2006, later reopening on East 33rd Street and Third Avenue). The Second Avenue Elevated
Second Avenue Elevated
train line ran above Second Avenue the full length of the avenue north of 23rd Street, and stood from 1880 until service was ended on June 13, 1942. South of Second Avenue, it ran on First Avenue and then Allen and Division Street.[2] The elevated trains were noisy and often dirty (in the 19th century they were pulled by soot-spewing steam locomotives). This depressed land values along Second Avenue during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Partially because of the presence of the El, most buildings constructed during this era were working class tenements. The line was finally torn down in 1942 because it was deteriorated and obsolete, and the cost of World War II
World War II
made upkeep impossible.[3] Second Avenue maintains its modest architectural character today, despite running through a number of high income areas. Second Avenue has carried one-way traffic since June 4, 1951, before which it carried traffic in both the northbound and southbound directions.[4]

2015 gas explosion[edit] Main article: 2015 East Village gas explosion On March 26, 2015, a gas explosion and resulting fire in the East Village destroyed three buildings at 119, 121 and 123 Second Avenue, between East 7th Street and St. Marks Place. At least twenty-two people were injured, four critically, and two people were initially listed as missing.[5] Later, two men were found dead in the debris of the explosion and were confirmed to be the ones listed as missing.[6][7] There had previously been an illegal tap installed into the gas line feeding 121 Second Avenue.[8] In the days before the explosion, work was ongoing in the building for the installation of a new 4-inch gas line to service the apartments in 121, and some of the tenants had smelled gas an hour before the explosion.[8] Eleven other buildings were evacuated as a result of the explosion, and Con Ed turned off the gas to the area. Several days later, some residents were allowed to return to some of the vacated buildings.[8] Transportation[edit] Bus service[edit] The M15 local serves the entirety of Second Avenue. The M15 Select Bus Service, the Select Bus Service
Select Bus Service
equivalent of the local M15 bus, provides bus rapid transit service along Second Avenue southbound. Additionally, the M34A Select Bus Service
Select Bus Service
runs along Second Avenue between East 34th Street and East 23rd Street en route to Waterside Plaza.[9] Subway[edit] The N, ​Q, and ​R trains serve Second Avenue from 96th Street to 72nd Street before turning onto 63rd Street with a stop at Lexington Avenue, which has an exit at Third Avenue. A Second Avenue Subway
Second Avenue Subway
line has been planned since 1919,[10] with provisions to construct it as early as 1929.[11] Two short sections of the line have been completed over the years, serving other subway services (the Grand Street station is served by the B and ​D trains), and others simply sitting vacant underground (such as the unused upper level at the Second Avenue station on the F train). Portions have been leased from time to time by New York Telephone to house equipment serving the company's principal north-south communication lines which run under the Avenue.[12] Isolated 1970s-era segments of the line, built without any infrastructure, exist between Pell and Canal Streets, and between 99th–105th and 110th–120th Streets.[13] Construction on Phase 1, which will eventually extend from 125th Street to the Financial District via the T service, began on April 12, 2007. Phase 1 connects the BMT 63rd Street Line
BMT 63rd Street Line
with the new line north to stations at 72nd, 86th, and 96th Streets, serving the N, ​Q, and ​R trains. Phase 1 opened on January 1, 2017.[14] Phase 2, which would extend the line to East Harlem
East Harlem
at 125th Street and Lexington Avenue, is expected to be completed between 2027 and 2029.[15] When the whole Second Avenue subway line is completed, it is projected to serve about 560,000 daily riders.[16] Bike lane[edit] There are bike lanes along the avenue south of 125th Street.[17][18] References[edit]

^ Google
Google
(September 1, 2015). "Second Avenue (Manhattan)" (Map). Google
Google
Maps. Google. Retrieved September 1, 2015.  ^ "Second Avenue 'El' Coming to a Stop", The Christian Science Monitor, June 13, 1942. Accessed October 12, 2008. ^ "Second Avenue Subway: Route 132-C". www.nycsubway.org. Retrieved June 5, 2014.  ^ Ingraham, Joseph (June 5, 1951). "Autos Speeded 15% on 1st And 2nd Aves". The New York Times. Retrieved August 28, 2012.  ^ Flegenheimer, Matt and Surico, John "Two Men Remain Missing as Remnants of Explosion Are Scoured in Manhattan" The New York Times (March 28, 2015) ^ Barr, Meghan. "Official: 2 found dead in rubble believed to be missing men", Yahoo! News (March 30, 2015) ^ Dolan, Jim (April 3, 2015). "Crews Reach Basement In Manhattan Building Explosion Clean-up". WABC-TV. Retrieved April 4, 2015.  ^ a b c Sandoval, Edgar and Smith, Greg B. "City probing whether East Village building owner illegally tapped into gas main as family mourns Nicholas Figueroa" New York Daily News
New York Daily News
(March 31, 2015) ^ " Manhattan
Manhattan
Bus Map" (PDF). Metropolitan Transportation Authority. May 2017. Retrieved July 17, 2017.  ^ Staff. "Second Avenue 'El' Coming to a Stop", The Christian Science Monitor, June 13, 1942. Accessed October 12, 2008. ^ 100 Miles of Subway in New City Project; 52 of them in Queens, New York Times September 16, 1929 page 1 ^ "Second Avenue Subway: Route 132-C". www.nycsubway.org. Retrieved June 5, 2014.  ^ "The Line That Time Forgot – Second Avenue Subway". Nymag.com. April 5, 2004. Retrieved April 10, 2014.  ^ Slotnik, Daniel E.; Wolfe, Jonathan; Fitzsimmons, Emma G.; Palmer, Emily; Remnick, Noah (January 1, 2017). "Opening of Second Avenue Subway: Updates". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 1, 2017.  ^ " New York City
New York City
2nd Ave Subway Phase 2 Profile" (PDF). FTA. December 27, 2016. Retrieved January 4, 2017.  ^ Smith, Stephen J. (October 2, 2013). "The Next 20 Years for New York's MTA – Next City". Nextcity.org. Retrieved June 5, 2014.  ^ " Manhattan
Manhattan
Bike Map: Manhattan
Manhattan
Bike Paths, Bike Lanes & Greenways". NYC Bike Maps. Retrieved June 5, 2014.  ^ Miller, Stephen (September 17, 2013). "DOT Proposes Filling the Gap in Second Avenue Protected Bike Lane Streetsblog New York City". Streetsblog.org. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 

External links[edit]

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Streets of Manhattan

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

North–South

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 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

East–West

Downtown

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

Midtown

15th–59th

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

Uptown

60th–215th

66th / Peter Jennings Way 72nd 74th 79th 85th 86th 89th 93rd 95th 96th 110th / Cathedral Pkwy / 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

Intersections

Circles

Columbus Duke Ellington Frederick Douglass

Squares

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
Manhattan
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