"Fifth Avenue" Fifth Avenue Tip by PetraG
Fifth Avenue, New York City: 59 reviews and 90 photos
Fifth Avenue is a major thoroughfare in the center of the boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx. It runs through the heart of Midtown and along the eastern side of Central Park, and because of the expensive park-view real estate and historical mansions along its course, it is a symbol of wealthy New York. It is the dividing line for the east-west streets in Manhattan and the Bronx, as well as the zero-numbering point for street addresses (numbers increase in both directions as one moves away from Fifth, with 1 East 59th Street on the corner at Fifth Avenue, and 300 East 59th Street located several blocks to the East). Fifth Avenue is a one-way street and carries southbound ("downtown") traffic.
Some people refer to Fifth Avenue colloquially as "Fashion Ave", because it's home of many famous fashion designers, but many refrain from it to avoid confusion with the real Fashion Ave, also known as Seventh Avenue.
Many landmarks and famous buildings are situated along Fifth Avenue in Midtown and the Upper East Side. In Midtown are the Empire State Building, the New York Public Library, Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick's Cathedral.
The stretch of Fifth Avenue from the 80s through the 90s (i.e., from 82nd Street to 105th Street) has enough museums to have acquired the nickname Museum Mile and includes such institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. That area was known in the early 20th century as Millionaire's Row after the many mansions built there as the richest New Yorkers moved their residences north to face Central Park.
Address: 5th Ave., Manhattan, NY
Directions: Fifth Avenue extends from the north side of Washington Square Park through Greenwich Village, Midtown, the Upper East Side, Spanish Harlem, Harlem, and into the Bronx.
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